Psychotherapy and the Sacred: Religious Experience and Religious Resources in Psychotherapy

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Drawing on historical, cross-cultural and clinical data, Psychotherapy and the Sacred explores the complex relations between psychotherapy and human religious experience. The author examines the factors contributing to the loss of the sacred in the western assumptive world and considers the efforts of Rudolf Otto, Gerhardus Van der Leeuw, and Mircea Eliade to retrieve a sense of the sacred. He discusses the manifestation of the sacred in transformative ritual and considers four examples of sacred ...
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Overview

Drawing on historical, cross-cultural and clinical data, Psychotherapy and the Sacred explores the complex relations between psychotherapy and human religious experience. The author examines the factors contributing to the loss of the sacred in the western assumptive world and considers the efforts of Rudolf Otto, Gerhardus Van der Leeuw, and Mircea Eliade to retrieve a sense of the sacred. He discusses the manifestation of the sacred in transformative ritual and considers four examples of sacred psychotherapeutics in traditional and premodern culture and presents a case from his own practice in which he utilizes religious resources in treating psychosis. In the final portion of the volume, the author draws on the theoretical work of Alfred North Whitehead to reinterpret the work of Carl Jung in order to develop an interpretation of the use of religious resources in psychotherapy which affirms the sui generis character of religious experience. The richness and scope of this work challenges mental health professionals to rethink both their theoretical assumptions and their mode of practice.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 3
2 Perspectives on the Loss of the Sacred in the Western Assumptive World 17
3 Retrieving a Sense of the Sacred 37
4 Manifestation of the Sacred in Transformative Ritual 55
5 Four Examples of Sacred Psychotherapeutics in Traditional and Premodern Cultures 73
6 The Case of S.K.: Describing the Treatment Process 89
7 The Case of S.K.: Interpreting the Treatment Process 103
8 Whiteheadian Process Philosophy: A Post Modern Vision 115
9 The Sacred Functioning of God: A Whiteheadian Process View 133
10 Jung's Psychology of the Self 147
11 The Divine Initiative in the Human Psyche: A Whiteheadian Interpretation of Jung 159
A Clinical Afterword 171
Appendix 1: Illustrations 175
Appendix 2: S.K.'s Ratings on the Global Assessment Functioning Scale 183
Bibliography 187
Index 197
About the Author 200
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