Exploring Sacred Landscapes: Religious and Spiritual Dimensions in Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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— James W. Jones, author of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Religion

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James W. Jones
[This book] . . . breaks new ground in the ongoing dialogue between psychoanalysis and religion by shifting the focus from theory to practice. . . . A necessary reading for any clinician-psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, pastoral counselor-who desires to deal with religion in therapy.
Six clinicians offer mental health practitioners both a motivation and a rationale for taking into account the importance of spiritual struggle and religious experience in the lives of their patients. They combine psychoanalytic theories with some Jungian insights, and several detailed case studies, to demonstrate how such experiences can be used to understand and further the therapeutic process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231070003
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Exploring Sacred Landscapes 16
Countertransference and Transference Aspects of Religious Material in Psychotherapy: The Isolation or Integration of Religious Material 34
Ministry or Therapy: The Role of Transference and Countertransference in a Religious Therapist 55
The Use of Religious Imagery for Psychological Structuralization 81
Myth and Symbol as Expressions of the Religious 113
Religion is Imagery in the Clinical Context: Access to Compassion Toward the Self - Illusion or Truth 136
The Transcendent Moment and the Analytic Hour 154
Concluding Clinical Postscript: On Developing a Psychotheological Perspective 172
Psychology and Spirituality: Forging a New Relationship 194
Contributors 208
Index 211
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