This book provides an accessible introduction to spiritually sensitive psychoanalysis, an analytic tradition characterized by sensitivity to the spiritual and religious dimensions of human life and oriented towards spiritual growth.

Psychoanalysis has historically evinced severe suspicion to all ideas and ideals of religion and spirit. However, in recent years, a new analytic approach is emerging, which recognizes faith and spirituality as crucial parts of full, satisfying psychic life. This book explores the unique ways in which this approach refers to and understands core analytic issues such as transference, interpretation, psychopathology and psychic development. It goes on to expound the approach’s understanding of the analytic relationship and the way it influences the spiritual person. It also discusses the tensions arising between this emerging school of thought and the existing body of psychoanalytic knowledge.

Psychoanalysis is a practice that deals with the most profound questions of life and creates shifts in the way reality is perceived. Discussing freely and deeply its spiritual aspects and aspirations will enlighten analysts new to the emerging spiritually sensitive tradition, as well as those who are more familiar with it, and who are looking for a comprehensive description of this fresh approach to analysis.

chapter |10 pages


A breath of life

part I|30 pages

Spirituality in context

chapter 12Chapter 1|11 pages

Things in heaven and earth

Psychoanalysis and spirit

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

A very peculiar science

A brief cultural history of psychoanalysis

part II|34 pages

A spiritual model

chapter 42Chapter 3|14 pages

Religious instinct, sacred unconscious and the area of faith

Towards a new model of the psyche

chapter Chapter 4|4 pages

God-representations, mystical addictions and spiritual bypasses

Adaptive treatment goals

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Morality, selflessness, transcendence

Transformative treatment goals

part III|36 pages

Essential spirituality

chapter 76Chapter 6|14 pages

The window is the absence of the wall

Psychoanalysis as a spiritual practice

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

A love through cure

The spirit of analytic relationship