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Soul on the Couch: Spirituality, Religion, and Morality in Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Relational Perspectives Book Series) Paperback – April 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0881634068 ISBN-10: 0881634069 Edition: Reprint

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  • Series: Relational Perspectives Book Series (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881634069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881634068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like to invite you to my website www.geraldjgargiulo.com. There you can read many of my professional as well as popular articles. I have written many art reviews and short commentaries on my blog " The Psychotherapist's Corner." I have 14 podcasts of my radio shows that you might find of interest. I would appreciate any comments or observations that you may have. My most recent book "Broken Fathers/Broken Sons"....is a memoir showing how a person can overcome personal difficulties to reach and fulfill their childhood dreams. It shows the power of forgiveness and the need for reconciliation in our lives. For those readers who like poetry, I hope the many poems in my memoir will hold some interest.My primary occupation is as a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist - a profession I have practiced for forty years.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Modern psychotherapeutic practitioners are often hesitant to traverse the boundary between consulting room and church or temple, as the case may be. Delicate myths and beliefs are often at odds with the highly structured theoretical underpinnings of psychotherpay and psychoanalysis. Freud himself detested religion, although the rumor is that his loathing came from his experience of being hauled off as a child to Catholic Mass, which he found terrifying, by his nursemaid.
Consequently, many therapists avoid addressing, understanding or integrating patients' spiritual practices within the context of the therapy. Practitioners may feel that this space is sacred and ought not to be fair territory for therapy's examination. Also, a patient's spiritual beliefs may be at odds with therapeutic ideas. For example, an immigrant patient believes she is possessed by an evil spirit, in contrast to her therapist who may understand the possession as a psychotic episode.
In this book a variety of therapists explore the relationship between therapy,religion, and "soulfulness", coming to their own understanding of how these diverse mental orientations may not only exist together, but complement and enrich each other.
Especially provocative are Kevin Fateaux's exploration of creativity and soulfulness, and Joseph Bobrow's elegant and empathic treatise on the interplay of Zen Buddhism and psychotherapy. May all patients be blessed with such creative and fluid thinkers as the contributors of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
An excellent review of recent psychoanalytic thinking about religion and religious subjectivity, most of it coming from the object-relations schools of thought. The authors are uniformly creative and courageous in their thinking about the interface of spirituality. religion, and therapy. The only thing I dislike about this book is the over-reliance of certain authors on current "postmodern" psychoanalytic views and the thoughtless, trendy relativism that undergirds this worldview. (However, to be fair, this dislike is more a negative commentary on postmodern thinking than on the quality of the contents of this volume itself.)
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