Psychodynamics and vicarial divinity

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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.

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

Journal rubric: Psychology of Faith, Christian Psychology and Psychotherapy

For citation: Termos V. Psychodynamics and vicarial divinity . Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2009. Vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 119–132. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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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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Information About the Authors

Vasileos Termos, Doctor of Psychology, Clergyman. Specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry, Athens, Greece, e-mail: laranikpol2007@yandex.ru

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