Grace for the Injured Self: The Healing Approach of Heinz Kohut

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Grace for the Injured Self shows the reader how the 'self psychology' developed by Heinz Kohut can be an influential theory for pastoral care. The late Kohut affirmed that religion is not only an expression of the self, but can also sustain the self in the alliance between faith and grace, with self psychology and empathy.

Cooper and Randall articulately explore Kohut's psychoanalytic perspective of 'self psychology', orientated towards pastoral care for parishioners. The ...

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Overview

Grace for the Injured Self shows the reader how the 'self psychology' developed by Heinz Kohut can be an influential theory for pastoral care. The late Kohut affirmed that religion is not only an expression of the self, but can also sustain the self in the alliance between faith and grace, with self psychology and empathy.

Cooper and Randall articulately explore Kohut's psychoanalytic perspective of 'self psychology', orientated towards pastoral care for parishioners. The authors ascertain how the human condition is affected by 'self injury', and the relationship between this and the traditional notions of sin. Two interviews with Kohut, never before published in the UK, give the reader unique insights into the psychoanalyst who many regard as the most important figure in psychology since Sigmund Freud.

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Editorial Reviews

Theological book review - Tracy E Martin
"...I recommend the book to readers concerned with the interaction of psychology, Christian communities, and faith that reaches out of the pain of Gethsemane..."
Church Times - Dr Anne Spalding
‘...plenty to think through as we grapple with both the ideal and everyday reality...’
Reviews in Religion and Theology - Shelley L. Dennis
“Cooper and Randall are to be commended for simplifying complex concepts such that they are comprehensible and broadly useful. The lines they draw between a self-psychological understanding of human suffering and the causes of human sin are thought-provoking and more importantly foster empathy…”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718892586
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/18/2012
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry D. Cooper, EdD, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, and Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Webster University. He has authored or coauthored eleven books. Robert L. Randall, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, now in private practice. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments|Greetings to Our Readers|1 The Self Psychology Perspective|2 Self Injury and the Human Condition|3 Kohut and the Seven Deadly Sins|4 A New Pastoral Care Orientation for Parishioners|5 Pastoral Care of the Church as a Group Self|6 First Interview with Heinz Kohut|7 Second Interview with Heinz Kohut|8 Getting Something from Kohut's Perspective on Religion|Closing Words for Our Readers|Bibliography

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