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1. Title Title of document Concluding Thoughts on the Psychoanalytic Psychology of Religion - Legacies of the Occult
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Marsha Aileen Hewitt; University of Toronto;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Psychoanalysis
4. Subject Keyword(s) Allan Schore; neuroscience; unconscious communication; affect theory
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Psychology
6. Description Abstract Freud was adamant that psychoanalysis and religion are irreconcilable opponents because science and religion are irreconcilable. Like science, psychoanalysis must proceed along the lines of painstaking research and the development of theory in the light of clinical observation. The unconscious may be mysterious, but it is not mystical. A discussion of the case of Herr P. shows that Freud’s acceptance of telepathy was the result of clinical observation. He insisted that telepathy would eventually be explained by science. Freud was well aware that his inclusion of telepathy as a legitimate domain of psychoanalytic inquiry risked opening the door to the outcome he objected to most strenuously: the spiritualization of psychoanalysis. As a scientist committed to standing up for the truth no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient, even for himself, he stood by his acknowledgement of telepathy in spite of considerable pressure not to publicly do so. For Freud, the strange, irrational world of psychic reality and the unconscious were as worthy objects of scientific investigation as any other.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jul-2020
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27420
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Legacies of the Occult
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd