Faith Through the Prism of Psychology
A New Framework for Existentialism
Faith Through the Prism of Psychology introduces readers to the structure and function of the inherent ability of our Self to invest objects with reality — existentialization (EXON). The author moves away from traditional ideas of existence and faith, arguing that it is an inherent ability of an individual mind to invest entities (both objective and subjective) with reality.
The book treats faith as a psychological ability of the mind to upgrade the existential statuses of imaginary entities, such as ghosts or gods; the working of faith is operationalized and analyzed in empirical psychological studies. It presents a new model of investing objects with existence, with such structural elements as the belief in object permanence (BOP), magic/ordinary distinguisher (MOD), magic/trick distinguisher (MTD), imaginary/perceived distinguisher (IPD), BOP defense mechanism (BOP/DM) and realities distinguisher (RD).
It will be essential reading for anyone interested in existence from psychology, philosophy, art, theology or psychotherapy backgrounds.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Facts we perceive, maxims we trust: Introduction
Chapter 2. The meaning of existence
Chapter 3. Now it’s there, now it isn’t: EXON on perceived objects
Chapter 4. Cat with a fish’s tail: BLEXON on imaginary objects
Chapter 5. Generating God
Chapter 6. Faking existence
Chapter 7. Adjusting reality: Protecting beliefs through memory failures
Chapter 8. Separating realities: The structure of EXON
Chapter 9. Existentializing the Self
Chapter 10. Uses of the impossible
Chapter 11. Crossing the edge: Summary
Eugene Subbotsky is Reader Emeritus at Lancaster University, UK. He is a BPS Charted Psychologist who has conducted research on moral development, metaphysical reasoning, magical thinking and consciousness.