This volume is a much-needed exploration of contemporary theories on psychotherapy and spirituality, moving away from the more traditional, non-spiritual aspects of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. The book consists of a dialogue between the opposing sides; most of the papers have responses from the "other" side. This dialogue mirrors the early communication between Freud and Jung regarding spirituality, and opens up doors for continuing collaboration between psychoanalysis as a pure science and the spiritual and religious dimensions within. This inspiring collection of papers grew from the lectures held in 2002 at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. In the time of increased interest in more scientific schools of psychoanalysis such as neuropsycho-analysis, there is also a surge of interest in spirituality within psychoanalysis, as demonstrated by the great interest in these lectures.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Lecture One -- The strange case of the missing spirit -- Response by Steven Mendoza -- Lecture Two -- The challenge of evolution and the place of sympathy -- Response by Adrian Dickinson -- Lecture Three -- Have “objects” got faces? -- Response by Tom Mcdonnell -- Lecture Four -- The spiritual dimension in psychotherapeutic practice -- Response by Jennifer Silverstone -- Lecture Five -- The use of theological concepts in psychoanalytic understanding -- Response by Hester Solomon -- Lecture Six -- A new anatomy of spirituality -- Lecture Seven -- The role of projective identification in the formation of Weltanschauung -- Response by David Mayers -- Lecture Eight -- A personal journey through psychotherapy and religion -- Response by Bernardine Bishop -- Lecture Nine -- What happens between people -- Response by Patrick Casement -- Lecture Ten -- What is religion?