Trials of the Visionary Mind: Spiritual Emergency and the Renewal Process


A comprehensive summary of the author's revolutionary approach to psychosis.
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A comprehensive summary of the author's revolutionary approach to psychosis.
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Argues that the mythic images that can be roused from the deepest psychic levels by stress, rather than an attack of acute psychosis, are a natural effort of the psyche to mend its imbalances. Whether the experience leads to a step in growth or into disorder depends largely, says Perry, on whether it is received with affirmation or invalidation. He suggests that allowing the episode to run its course reveals a self-organizing and self-healing potential. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791439883
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents



Part I

1. Treatment or Therapy?

2. Thoughts on Thought Disorder

3. Psychosis or Visionary State?

4. Alternative Ways

5. Transitions in Outlook

6. Psychological Methods

Part II

7. Jung's Approach

8. Relationship as Healing

9. Love and Power in Myth and Ritual

10. Individuality in Myth and Ritual

11. Healing in Myth and Ritual

12. Visionary Experience in Myth and Ritual

Part III

Summary in Respect to Spiritual Emergency


A. Addendum Queries on Chapter 8

B. Setting Up a Residence Facility

C. Alternatives to Hospitalization: A Report on Diabasis




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