Psychoanalysis as Spirituality

Psychoanalysis as Spirituality PATRICK LEE MILLER Is psychoanalysis a spirituality? The question typically polarizes those who care about either. Psychoanalysts who are suspicious of spirituality-- not to mention its sometime relative, religion--answer this question firmly in the negative, often assuming that Freud dispensed with all of this nonsense with The Future of an Illusion (1927). Many proponents of spirituality ironically agree: they will likewise deny that psychoanalysis should count as one. Their reasons vary, but most often they assume that psychoanalysis is an authoritarian anachronism, inimical to the freedom and individuality characteristic of spiritual growth. But as each side recognizes when faced with its caricature by the other, these denials are really just rhetorical ways of neglecting the question. For those interested in both psychoanalysis and spirituality, for those willing to see each in the most generous and sophisticated light, and for those who believe that both can profit by their comparison, this question cannot be so neglected. This paper is written for anyone with such an interest; it attempts to consider this question in such a light, and hopes that such a profit can be won by even so brief a treatment. It begins by considering the most sophisticated account http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Psychoanalysis as Spirituality

symploke, Volume 18 (1) – May 18, 2011

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PATRICK LEE MILLER Is psychoanalysis a spirituality? The question typically polarizes those who care about either. Psychoanalysts who are suspicious of spirituality-- not to mention its sometime relative, religion--answer this question firmly in the negative, often assuming that Freud dispensed with all of this nonsense with The Future of an Illusion (1927). Many proponents of spirituality ironically agree: they will likewise deny that psychoanalysis should count as one. Their reasons vary, but most often they assume that psychoanalysis is an authoritarian anachronism, inimical to the freedom and individuality characteristic of spiritual growth. But as each side recognizes when faced with its caricature by the other, these denials are really just rhetorical ways of neglecting the question. For those interested in both psychoanalysis and spirituality, for those willing to see each in the most generous and sophisticated light, and for those who believe that both can profit by their comparison, this question cannot be so neglected. This paper is written for anyone with such an interest; it attempts to consider this question in such a light, and hopes that such a profit can be won by even so brief a treatment. It begins by considering the most sophisticated account

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