Psychoanalytic Studies Of Religion

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The first critical guide to the essential literature reflecting and expressing psychoanalytic approaches to religion, this volume's concentrates on critical assessments that steer the user toward works of lasting value. The book's first priority is to include publications clearly aimed at continuing the Freudian tradition and contributing to the psychoanalytic study of religion. The book will be of interest to scholars and students of psychology and religion as well as the general reader who is seeking works on those topics. Most of the psychoanalytic literature in English since 1920 is included and is organized in 21 topical sections. Cross-references and indexes increase the usefulness of the work.

The author has tried to include every coherent effort, guided by psychoanalytic theory, to offer an explanation, understanding, or interpretation of religion or religious behavior. The work will be of interest in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, literature, folklore, and religion. Public libraries will find this a valuable reference tool to offer the general reader who is interested in a broad spectrum of ideas.

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Limited to post-Freudian writings, this book consists of an overview and assessment of the subject and an annotated bibliography of relevant work published between 1920 and 1993. Folklore and superstitions have been excluded. Arrangement of the bibliography is in 21 topical sections, among them: father projection, mother worship, Asian religions, Christianity, Judaism, transition rites, mythology, and religious experience. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

BENJAMIN BEIT-HALLAHMI is Professor of Psychology at the University of Haifa.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword by G.E. Gorman


Psychoanalytic Studies of Religion: A Critical Assessment

The Basic Theory

Historical Development of the Psychoanalytic Approach

Freud's Writings on Religion

A Model Analysis

Using Clinical Data

Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis



Annotated Bibliography

General Sources

Freud's Original Writings

Critical Reviews and Overviews

Freud's Jewish Identity

Origins of Religion

Religion and Individual Psychodynamics

Religious Experience





Transition Rites




Asian Religions (Buddhism, Hinduism)

Ego Psychology and Religion

Object Relations Theory and Religion

Academic Studies of Psychoanalytic Hypotheses


Father Projection

Author Index

Title Index

Subject Index

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