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Emotion and Spirit

by Neville Symington Karnac Books
Pub Date:
12/1998
ISBN:
9781855752030
Format:
Pbk 216 pages
Price:
AU$69.00 NZ$73.04
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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Psychoanalysis, with Freud as its founder, has vehemently denied the value of religious belief. In this radical book, Neville Symington makes the case that both traditional religion and psychoanalysis are failing because they exist apart and do not incorporate each other's value. Religion needs psychoanalysis so that it can become relevant to peoples' emotional lives and their most intimate relationships. Psychoanalysis needs religion so that it can contain those core spiritual values which give life meaning. But for a fertile relationship both will need to relinquish excess baggage in the form of creeds, dogma and rituals which only serve to obscure the deeper values which both are attempting to express. The controversial conclusion of this fascinating study is that psychoanalysis is a spirituality-in-the-world, or a mature religion, and inseparable from acts of virtue.
'...a terrific book...I do think here the teaching of years has been most superbly and satisfyingly and deeply worked out, and knitted into a stunningly impressive whole.'- Dr. Nina Coltart, author of How to Survive as a Psychotherapist
Neville Symington is a member of the British and Australian Psychoanalytical Societies. His books include 'Narcissism: A New Theory', 'The Making of a Psychotherapist', 'A Pattern of Madness' and 'Becoming a Person Through Psychoanalysis' (all published by Karnac Books); 'The Analytic Experience', and 'The Clinical Thinking of Wilfred Bion' (written with Joan Symington). He has a private psychoanalytic practice in New South Wales, Australia