In writing Divine Therapy Sayers does a great service for psychoanalytic scholarship. Putting her focus on love, mysticism and religion, she requires us to look beyond the political battlefield that we call psychoanalytic theory and technique. She asks us to think about the ways in which passions can be transformative and enlivening in an individual's professional life, regardless of one's psychoanaltic allegiance. In the 1980's, singer Tina Turner soulfully belted out: "What's love got to do with it?" After reading Diving Therapy, I believe the answer to this question is: everything; at least when it comes to the work and well being of a psychoanalyst. Contemporary Psychoanalysis In this enthralling book Sayers intertwines psychoanalytic theory, biography and theology to describe the strange terrain in which love, therapy and religion meet. Chapters on key figures in the history of psychological therapy - Freud, Jung, William James and Melanie Klein among them, offer a lucid, acute summary and critique of a complex body of theory, with the whole held together by a focus on the power of relationships, including what believers call faith, to transform and renew life ... This literate and scholarly book is a good introduction to these complex issues. Mental Health Today
About the Author
After graduating from Cambridge, Janet Sayers qualified as a Clinical Psychologists from the Tavistock Clinic. She is now Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the University of Kent, where she gained a PhD in Psychology, and also works as a therapist. Sayers is the author of six books, editor of three, and has contributed numerous essays and articles to the psychotherapeutic literature.