Psychology As Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship / Edition 2

Psychology As Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship / Edition 2

by Paul C. Vitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802807259

ISBN-13: 2900802807259

Pub. Date: 03/28/1995

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

"A trenchant analysis of modern physchology—an enterprise that Paul Vitz maintains has become a religion, a secular cult of self, now part of the problem of modern life rather than part of its resolution. Virtually rewritten, this second edition of the original 1977 text takes into account much of what has happened in the field of psychology during the past…  See more details below

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"A trenchant analysis of modern physchology—an enterprise that Paul Vitz maintains has become a religion, a secular cult of self, now part of the problem of modern life rather than part of its resolution. Virtually rewritten, this second edition of the original 1977 text takes into account much of what has happened in the field of psychology during the past seventeen years. Two completely new chapters are also included—one on education and "values clarification" and the other on New Age religion."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900802807259
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
173

Table of Contents

About This Book
1The Major Theorists1
Carl Jung2
Erich Fromm4
Carl Rogers7
Abraham Maslow10
Rollo May and Existential Philosophy11
2Self-Theory for Everybody15
Self-Esteem15
The Self-Serving Bias20
Encounter Groups22
Recovery Groups24
Self-Helpers25
est and Forum26
Self-Help Sex28
3Selfism as Bad Science32
Psychiatry, Biology, and Experimental Psychology33
Are We Intrinsically All That Good?42
4From a Philosophical Point of View47
A Question of Definitions47
The Empty Self49
A Basic Contradiction51
Browning's Critique54
Ethical and Scientific Misrepresentations55
5Selfism and the Family57
The Isolated Individual57
Self-Theory and Divorce59
Parents as the Source of Our Troubles60
Christianity and the Family65
6Self-Theory and the Schools68
Values Clarification68
Self-Theory Again70
A Philosophical Critique72
A Critique of Procedures and Strategies74
Research Evaluating Values Clarification76
A Violation of Privacy Critique78
Why Has Values Clarification Been So Popular?81
Conclusion: Why Values Clarification Must Be Rejected82
7Selfism and Today's Society84
A Creed for the Youth and Yuppie Culture84
A Nation of Victims85
Selfism and Language87
Psychology for a Consumer Society89
8Selfism and Christianity: Historical Antecedents95
Feuerbach95
American Sources97
Fosdick and Peale99
Pietism103
The Special Case of Carl Rogers105
9Psychology and the New Age Movement111
Social and Economic Support for New Age115
Psychological Origins of New Age117
New Age as a New Gnosticism121
New Age Spirituality: From Psychological to Spiritual Self-Worship123
10A Christian Critique126
Selfism as Idolatry126
The Problem of Depression130
The Problem of the Human Doormat131
Christian Love and Selfist Love132
Creativity and the Creator138
The Nature of Suffering139
11A Political Response142
The Problem for Psychology142
The Problem for Christianity144
12Beyond the Secular Self151
The Bias in Being "Objective"151
The Object's Revenge154
The Dilemma of Existential Narcissism155
Escape from the Self158
13A New Christian Future?163
The End of Modern Heroism163
The Failure of Careerism164
The Tribalist Temptation166
The Emerging Opportunity167
Index169

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