Healing the Split: Integrating Spirit Into Our Understanding of the Mentally Ill, Revised Edition / Edition 1

Healing the Split: Integrating Spirit Into Our Understanding of the Mentally Ill, Revised Edition / Edition 1

by John E. Nelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 079141986X

ISBN-13: 9780791419861

Pub. Date: 03/15/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

The links between madness, creative genius, and spiritual experiences have tantalized philosophers and scientists for centuries. In Healing the Split, John Nelson brings the lofty ideas of transpersonal psychology down to earth so they can be applied in a practical way to explain the bizarre effects of insanity on the human mind. Drawing on a vast knowledge of

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The links between madness, creative genius, and spiritual experiences have tantalized philosophers and scientists for centuries. In Healing the Split, John Nelson brings the lofty ideas of transpersonal psychology down to earth so they can be applied in a practical way to explain the bizarre effects of insanity on the human mind. Drawing on a vast knowledge of Eastern philosophy and mainstream neuropsychiatry, he heals the split between orthodox and alternative views with a comprehensive approach that goes beyond both. Starting where R. D. Laing and Thomas Szasz left off, Nelson revises and expands their radical views in light of modern brain science. He then turns to ancient tantric yoga for a synthesis that weaves brain, psyche, and spirit into a compelling new conception of mental illness.

For professionals who seek to meet the needs of their patients more creatively, this book offers a unique synthesis. For people in emotional crisis, it clarifies the distinctions among intractable psychosis, temporary breakdowns in the service of healing (spiritual emergencies), and psychic breakthroughs (spiritual emergence). And for anyone interested in the seemingly inexplicable workings of the human mind gone mad, this fascinating exploration of psychotic states of consciousness will be exciting reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419861
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
03/15/1994
Series:
SUNY series in the Philosophy of Psychology Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

AUTHOR'S NOTE

FOREWORD

by Ken Wilbur

PREFACE

by Michael Washburn

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART 1 MADNESS IN HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

CHAPTER 1 Madness, Consciousness, and The Spiritual Ground

CHAPTER 2 Madness as an Altered State of Consciousness

CHAPTER 3 The Many Faces of Madness

CHAPTER 4 The Madman in Society: Psychiatry versus Antipsychiatry

PART 2 MADNESS AND THE BRAIN

CHAPTER 5 The Anatomy of Madness

CHAPTER 6 The Chemistry of Madness

CHAPTER 7 Madness and Drugs: The Highs and Lows

CHAPTER 8 Brain Holograms and The Seven Chakras

PART 3 MADNESS IN PSYCHE AND SPIRIT: THE SEVEN CHAKRAS

CHAPTER 9 First Chakra: The Roots of Madness in Early Life

CHAPTER 10 Second Chakra: Hallucinations and The Occult

CHAPTER 11 Third Chakra: Madness, Myth, and Logic

CHAPTER 12 Fourth Chakra: Madness as Spiritual Emergency

CHAPTER 13 Fifth Chakra: Madness and Creative Genius

CHAPTER 14 Sixth Chakra: Madness, ESP, and Dreams

CHAPTER 15 Seventh Chakra: Madness and Mysticism

PART4 HEALING THE SPLIT

CHAPTER 16 Artful Healing I: Schizophrenic and Borderline Conditions

CHAPTER 17 Artful Healing II: Spiritual Emergencies and Mania

EPILOGUE

INDEX

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