Emotion and Spirit

Author(s) : Neville Symington

Emotion and Spirit

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 1994
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 216
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 2007
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855752030
  • ISBN 10 : 1855752034

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Psychoanalysis, with Freud as its founder, has vehemently denied the value of religious belief. In this radical book, re-issued with a new preface by the author and a foreword by Jon Stokes, Neville Symington makes the case that both traditional religion and psychoanalysis are failing because they exist apart and do not incorporate each other’s values. 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.

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‘…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

About the Author(s)

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.

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K.N Hatton on 28/09/2005

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As a long term reader of Symington's work I found this investigation of our major religions to be well up to the standard of his previous work. Symington explores the processes which lead to an almost immediate disintegration of spiritual and psychological truths expounded by teachers such as Jesus and Buddha into primitive cults which deify the messenger and return to a primitive dependence on the teacher and on ritual rather than an absorbtion and practice of the ethics which are implicit in the message.
This position is shown to be as present in the followers of Freud and Jung as much as in those who are adherents of Christianity, Buddhsim and other world religions.

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