Where the Waters Meet: Convergence and Complementarity in Therapy and Theology

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Where the Waters Meet offers the reader a new way of viewing an old subject. So often psychology and counselling therapies have been, and still are, seen as competitors, or even enemies, vying for supremacy as the true religion. This book invites us to take a fresh look at these two fields, each with their own experience and dogma, and view them in a different light. We are introduced to "complementarity", an approach through which vital common factors begin to break through the barriers of convention and jargon....
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Overview

Where the Waters Meet offers the reader a new way of viewing an old subject. So often psychology and counselling therapies have been, and still are, seen as competitors, or even enemies, vying for supremacy as the true religion. This book invites us to take a fresh look at these two fields, each with their own experience and dogma, and view them in a different light. We are introduced to "complementarity", an approach through which vital common factors begin to break through the barriers of convention and jargon. Where the Waters Meet is written from deeply held convictions - about faith and about therapy - and emerges from several decades of experience in ordained ministry, and of working as a psychodynamic counsellor. David Buckley is passionate about both the healing process of therapy and the life-giving inspiration of faith. He sees the two not as enemies but as intrinsically linked.
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“One of the weaknesses of psychoanalytic theory is that it does at times seek to ‘explain’—fine, of course, if explanation is a suggestion as to what a particular psychological phenomenon may mean, but disastrous when it is taken as ‘gospel’. One of the weaknesses of much religious thinking is equally the attempt to explain, using a different discourse, but sometimes setting down what for believers can become tablets of stone. In this book the reader will find something totally different. As the author writes: The emphasis in this book is…to point to the complementarity between certain understandings of faith and a psychodynamic understanding of human nature, so that one may shed light on the other. This objective is well met, firstly by setting out some theological premises which enhance interpretation rather than dictate it; secondly by describing key psychoanalytic ideas (each section setting the scene for the reader not versed in either theological or psychoanalytic concepts)—then proceeding to examine some of the major existential themes in the light of both models: responses to the concept of evil, salvation, the inner spirit, presence and aloneness. An intriguing, personal reflection.”

“Good theology, like good therapy, makes you think and feel in new ways. David Buckley does just that and offers a fresh and stimulating contribution to this vital dialogue.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855755918
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Pages: 165
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; About the Author; Introduction; PART I: PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION: 1) Differing Approaches; 2) Complementarity; 3) Tributaries; PART II: THEOLOGICAL AND THERAPUETIC PERSPECTIVES: 4) A Theological Perspective: Panentheism; 5) A Psychological Perspective: Psychodynamic Therapy; PART III: EXAMPLES OF COMPLEMENTARITY: 6) Responding to Evil: Splitting and Projecting; 7) Responding to Evil: Integration and Ambivalence; 8) The Self, Salvation and Unconditional Positive Regard; 9) The Presence of God and the Capacity to be Alone; 10) The Holy Spirit and Introjection; Bibliography; Index.

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