Divine Therapy: Love, Mysticism and Psychoanalysis

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Overview


There is mounting evidence that strong personal relationships and spiritual beliefs contribute to our well-being. Divine Therapy explores the healing illumination of oneness with another, achieved through love, religious and mystical experience.

Janet Sayers, author of Mothering Psychoanalysis and Freudian Tales, approaches the topic by analysing the pioneering writings of William James, Sigmund Freud, Carl Gustav Jung, Simone Weil, and of post-Freudians, Erich Kristeva. Using these studies of eminent psychologists and psychotherapists, Sayers explores the insights of love, religion and mystical experience to describe how they might inspire therapy.

Richly illustrated with love letters, biographical details, clinical and other examples, Divine Therapy is written to appeal to all mental health specialists, therapists and those intrigued by the enigmas of love, religion and psychotherapy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198509813
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Oxford Medical Publications
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

After graduating from Cambridge, Janet Sayers qualified as a Clinical Psychologists from the Tavistock Clinic. She is now Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the University of Kent, where she gained a PhD in Psychology, and also works as a therapist. Sayers is the author of six books, editor of three, and has contributed numerous essays and articles to the psychotherapeutic literature.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 William James: Divided self 7
2 Sigmund Freud: Freeing love 30
3 Carl Jung: Transforming libido 61
4 Simone Weil: Awaiting God 93
5 Erich Fromm: Humanist Buddhism 105
6 Paul Tillich: Being accepted 115
7 Viktor Frankl: Logotherapy 129
8 Melanie Klein: Healing grace 148
9 Marion Milner: Recovering mysticism 162
10 Donald Winnicott: Transitional transcendence 184
11 Wilfred Bion: Transforming at-one-ment 200
12 Julia Kristeva: Mothering holiness 226
Conclusion 240
Index 243
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