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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/cpp

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Psychodynamics and vicarial divinity

Termos Vasileos, M.D., Clergyman. Specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry., Athens, Greece, laranikpol2007@yandex.ru
Abstract
The author offers classification of religious experience from the view point of some mental conditions lying in its basis. He underlines that all these ex-periences by itself yet do not guarantee true Christian spiritual experience, the main difference of spirituality in heresies and sects is in a priority of the experience over love. Contemplating this problem which is also an internal problem of the Christian Church, the author formulates some question, which orthodox psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists should put before Church and all the rests world in which decision they should take ac-tive part.

Keywords: religious experience, experience, spirituality, the boundary person

Column: Anthropology, phenomenology, culture

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The author offers classification of religious experience from the view point of some mental conditions lying in its basis. He underlines that all these experiences by itself yet do not guarantee true Christian spiritual experience, the main difference of spirituality in heresies and sects is in a priority of the experience over love. Contemplating this problem which is also an internal problem of the Christian Church, the author formulates some question, which orthodox psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists should put before Church and all the rests world in which decision they should take active part.

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