Does God Help? / Edition 1

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Overview

'At long last there is a book that brings the issue of religious belief into the consulting room. Deliberately avoiding the one debate about whether or not God exists, the editors have marshaled papers that take seriously the fact that patients are affected by their religious convictions. Experts on Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam refract the clinical process through the prisms of these religions, and commentaries on their papers are offered by distinguished psychoanalysts who provide vigorous challenges and supplementary visions. Therapists will be informed by reading this book and will find their understanding of patients enriched.' —David M. Sachs

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Editorial Reviews

Newell Fischer
In a world where God and religion appear integral to the individual's inner being and to the broader vista of society, the timidity of psychoanalysts in examining such issues has been striking. In Does God Help, edited by Salman Akhtar and Henri Parens, the topics of faith, mysticism, spirituality, and the human need for God are addressed head-on. A group of thoughtful, provocative, and clinically useful contributions are thus set forth. These contributions will truly stimulate and enrich the clinician and the theoretician!
David M. Sachs
At long last there is a book that brings the issue of religious belief into the consulting room. Deliberately avoiding the one debate about whether or not God exists, the editors have marshaled papers that take seriously the fat that patients are affected by their religious convictions. Experts on Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam refract the clinical process through the prisms of these religions, and commentaries on their papers are offered by distinguished psychoanalysts who provide vigorous challenges and supplementary visions. Therapists will be informed by reading this book and will find their understanding of patients enriched.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765703194
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Margaret S. Mahler Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Salman Akhtar, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training supervising analyst at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Henri Parens, M.D., is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Is God a Subject for Psychoanalysis? 1
2 Does God Help? What God? Helping Whom? The Convolutions of Divine Help 19
3 The God Representation and the Inner Dialogue as Transitional Phenomena: Discussion of Rizzuto's Chapter, "Does God Help? What God? Helping Whom? The Convolutions of Divine Help" 53
4 So Help Me God! Do I Help God or Does God Help Me? 75
5 Does God Help Me or Do I Help God or Neither?: Discussion of Meissner's Chapter, "So Help Me God! Do I Help God or Does God Help Me?" 127
6 Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Sacred Hindu Text, the Bhagavad Gita 153
7 God Playing Psychoanalyst: Some Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita: Discussion of Reddy's Chapter, "Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Sacred Hindu Text, the Bhagavad Gita" 177
8 Three Archaic Contributions to the Religious Instinct: Awe, Mysticism, and Apocalypse 197
9 A to Z: Awe, Cabalism, and Zohar: Discussion of Ostow's Chapter, "Three Archaic Contributions to the Religious Instinct: Awe, Mysticism, and Apocalypse" 235
10 The Median: Islamic Faith and Mental Health 253
11 A Matter of Faith: Discussion of Ad-Dab'bagh's Chapter, "The Median: Islamic Faith and Mental Health" 291
12 God and the Unconscious: Eternal Antonymies or Long Lost Twins?: Concluding Reflections 321
Index 361
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