Gods and Diseases

Making sense of our physical and mental wellbeing

By David Tacey

© 2013 – Routledge

264 pages

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About the Book

Today's society faces many problems that cannot be solved by the application of reason, logic or medicine. Some of these include alcoholism, suicide, drug addiction and child abuse to name but a few. Many mental health problems are on the increase such as depression, phobias and anxiety with no obvious solution in sight.

In Gods and Diseases, David Tacey argues that the answers lie in leaving behind the confines of conventional medicine. Instead we should turn towards spirituality and to what he calls 'meaning-making', to make sense of our physical and mental wellbeing and explore how the numinous may help us to heal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Return of the Gods. Gods and Diseases .The Suffering of Spiritual Rebirth. The Midlife Crisis as Spiritual Interruption. Cancer Phobia as a Doorway to Soul. Sexuality and the Sacred. Incest, Child Abuse and Alcoholism . Depression, Self-harm and Suicide. The Storm Gods and the German Psychosis. Spirituality, Medicine, Health. Conclusion: The Numinous as a Source of Healing . Bibliographical Note. Endnotes.

About the Author

David Tacey is Professor of Literature at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and is a recognised international authority in Jungian psychology, spirituality and mental health. He is the author of many books in these fields, including The Jung Reader, Jung and the New Age, and The Spirituality Revolution.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY010000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSY045060
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian
REL012120
RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
REL036000
RELIGION / Inspirational
REL062000
RELIGION / Spirituality
SEL032000
SELF-HELP / Spiritual