A Boyish God

A Boyish God

by Peter A Olsson
A Boyish God

A Boyish God

by Peter A Olsson


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The story involves a young man, Will Powers, who is in the throes of malignant self-absorption and potential victim of a satanic cult led by his father who is the leader of a satanic group that regularly sacrifices animals. Fortunately, Will becomes involved in a successful but at times disturbing psychotherapy with a psychiatrist who has keen insights and is able to handle the powerful emotions that inevitably arise. As the psychotherapy unfolds, the evil dynamics behind destructive leaders is exposed.

The book includes an intriguing final section called "Existential Addenda." (1) An emotional revery involving a lecture-sermon about a cure of evil pedophile priests, and (2) a dream of a psychiatrist's benevolent therapeutic revenge, which includes a confrontation (in a dream) with the parents of Jim Jones, Charles Manson, and other destructive leaders.

The author concludes this section noting that "spiritual salvation never results from simply believing the correct idea or practicing a correct ritual. Spiritual salvation or wholeness requires hard psychological and spiritual work. The mind God created in a child needs to be treated respectfully and gently like a valuable, delicate flower. Narrow, rigid, judgmental teaching can pervert it."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781648958182
Publisher: Stratton Press
Publication date: 04/20/2022
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

After attending Wheaton College, Dr. Peter Alan Olsson trained at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. After an internship in mixed medicine at the University of Vermont, Dr. Olsson took a psychiatry residency at Baylor (1968-1971). He served as a psychiatrist at Oakland Naval Hospital from 1971 to 1973, running the substance abuse unit and working with the POWs returning from Vietnam prisons. Dr. Olsson later graduated from the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute in Houston and practiced psychiatry and psychotherapy while teaching psychotherapy in Houston for twenty-five years and subsequently in New Hampshire from 1995 to 2011.Having retired from active clinical work to write full-time in September 2011, Dr. Peter Alan Olsson was formerly an assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and an adjunct professor of clinical psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Olsson received the Judith Baskin Offer Prize in 1980 for his paper "Adolescent Involvement in Cults and the Supernatural." Dr. Olsson is a fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
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