This book explores how traces of the energies and dynamics of Orthodox Christian theology and anthropology may be observed in the clinical work of depth psychology. Looking to theology to express its own religious truths and to psychology to see whether these truth claims show up in healing modalities, the author creatively engages both disciplines in order to highlight the possibilities for healing contained therein. Dynamis of Healing elucidates how theology and psychology are by no means fundamentally at odds with each other but rather can work together in a beautiful and powerful synergia to address both the deepest needs and deepest desires of the human person for healing and flourishing.
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About the Author
Pia Sophia Chaudhari holds a doctorate in theology from the department of Psychiatry & Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her research interests include theological anthropology, depth psychology, processes of healing, and the engagement with aesthetics and beauty. She is a founding co-chair of the Analytical Psychology and Orthodox Christianity Consultation (APOCC).
Table of ContentsIntroduction | 1
1 Psyche and Creation: Initial Reflections on Orthodox Theology and Depth Psychology | 19
2 “That Which Is Not Assumed Is Not Healed” | 40
3 An Ontology of Healing? | 78
4 Eros: Healing Fire | 105
Conclusion | 149
Acknowledgments | 155
Notes | 157
Bibliography | 201
Index | 211