Myth of Tantalus
A Scaffolding for an Ontological Personality Theory
By (author) Shlomo Giora Shoham
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Myth of Tantalus by Shlomo Giora Shoham
Book DescriptionThese psychological dynamics are presented by way of the developmental and relationship experiences we have with the outside world -- alternations between conflict and a striving to revert back to earlier developmental phases. At any given moment of our lives there is a gap between our desires for participation and our subjectively defined distance from our participatory aims. This gap is denoted the Tantalus Ratio, after the Olympian demigod. Transcendental longings and quests are explored in their actual structuring of the human personality. This new Theory of Personality also explores the mytho-empirical manifestation of the normative sacrifice of the young, denoted as the Isaac Syndrome. The author pays homage to Albert Camus The Myth of Sisyphus by recognising the absurd drudgeries of mans existence, the maddening routines, the point-lessness of being, the silence of god, and the cruelty of man to man. Examples from literature and myth demonstrate that if man can find a creative modus vivendi with his pitiful 'stone' burden, then the vicissitudes of existence can become punctuated with meaning, satisfaction and even happiness. Like Camus, the author concludes that it is only through creative rebellion that man can find authenticity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781903900437
(152mm x 229mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Sussex Academic Press
Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shlomo Giora Shoham
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Art, Crime and Madness, Paperback (June 2002)
This work explores the relationship between creative innovation, deviance and morbidity. It is illustrated by historical case histories of creative deviance and genius madness, and contemporary observations.
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Puts myth, religion, literature and psychology into an easily understandable analytic perspective. This book traces the influence of Gnosis in European culture.
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Author Biography - Shlomo Giora Shoham
Shlomo G. Shoham is a world renowned criminologist, recipient of the Selinglueck Award from the American Society of Criminology in 1977 and the Israel Prize Laureate for 2003. He has published some 90 books in 20 languages and 2000 articles in 30 languages in the areas of criminology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, theology and art. He has developed an interdisciplinary personality theory which is most suitable for the explanation of deviance and alienation.
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