How close is spirituality to psychosis?

Covering the interrelation of psychosis and spirituality from a number of angles, Insanity and Divinity will generate dialogue and discussion, aid critical reflection and stimulate creative approaches to clinical work for those interested in the connections between religious studies, psychoanalysis, anthropology and hagiography.

Bringing together an international range of contributors and covering many different types of religious experience, this book presents its theme in three parts:

Psychoanalysis, belief and mysticism

Anthropology, history and hagiography

Psychology, psychosis and religious experience.

Each section includes discussion of the hinterland between madness and religious experience from the perspective of a number of religions, autobiographical accounts of those who have experienced a psychosis in which spirituality played a key part and a comprehensive review of the position of psychology research into the meaning and function of spirituality in relation to the psychoses.

Insightful, enlightening and wide-ranging, Insanity and Divinity is ideal for clinicians, academics and chaplains working in clinical settings.

part 1|78 pages

Psychoanalysis, Belief and Mysticism

chapter |6 pages

Introduction to Part 1

Fragments of madness and delusion
ByJohn Gale

chapter 1|18 pages

From Beyond Speech to Non-Inscription

Spirit and psyche in the philosophy of psychoanalysis
ByJohn Gale

chapter 2|24 pages

Freud, Madness and the Delusion of Religious Belief

ByJosè Mannu

chapter 3|28 pages

Jung's Divine Madness

ByChristopher MacKenna

part 2|112 pages

Anthropology, History and Hagiography

chapter |9 pages

Introduction to Part 2

Conversion and the fragmented body
ByJohn Gale

chapter 4|22 pages

Divine Madness

Tantric ascetics on the cremation ground in Tarapith, Birbhum District, West Bengal
ByAudrey Cantlie

chapter 5|19 pages

Models of Wisdom and Sanctity

The conversion of St Francis of Assisi
ByMichael Robson

chapter 6|22 pages

Spiritual Conversion in The Bhagavad Gita

A psychoanalytic study
BySatish Reddy

chapter 7|20 pages

Did Augustine Foreshadow Psychoanalysis?

ByJohn Gale

chapter 8|18 pages

Mystical Theology, Mysticism and Madness

ByRodney Bomford

part 3|52 pages

Psychology, Psychosis and Religious Experience

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to Part 3

Religion, spirituality and the experience of psychosis
ByJohn Gale

chapter 9|13 pages

Spirituality and the Psychotic Subject in the Thought of Lacan

ByGeorgia Rapsomatioti

chapter 11|15 pages

Dimensions of Religious/Spiritual Wellbeing and the Psychotic Experience

Empirical results and perspectives
ByHuman-Friedrich Unterrainer