In Religion and the Unconscious, Ann and Barry Ulanov provide a thoughtful study of the relationship between religion and depth psychology. An insightful contribution to the entire area of pastoral counseling, this book demonstrates how to combine religion and depth psychology in order to provide more effective counseling.
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Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
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This mild manifesto formally correlates the study of depth psychology with Christian theology. Its governing thesis is that religion provides the structure for the integration of primordial drives and images into the individual consciousness. Reciprocally the modern techniques of psychology facilitate an achievement of human wholeness intimated by the religious ideal. The Ulanovs contend that psychoanalysis cannot satisfy innate spiritual needs; but neither can piety alone fulfill the human potential. Over a broad range of topics, from the distinction between symbolic and sacramental perspectives to ethics redefined in the light of the unconscious, they suggest new ways in which each discipline can complement the other. Written with some grace and intelligence, the book has many provocative ideas and cogent summaries of theoretical positions. Yet it is oddly composed, shunting from topic to topic at the expense of the primary theme. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Ann Belford Ulanov
Ann Belford Ulanov is Christiane Brooks Johnson Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. A Jungian analyst in private practice, she is also the author or coauthor of numerous books, including The Wizards' Gate, Cinderella and her Sisters, The Wisdom of the Psyche, Picturing God, and The Feminine in Jungian Psychology and Christian Theology. Barry Ulanov served as McIntosh Professor of English and Chairman of the Program in the Arts at Barnard College in New York City. He coauthored Religion and the Unconscious and Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer with his wife, Ann Belford Ulanov.