The Enigma of the Oceanic Feeling

The Enigma of the Oceanic Feeling

Revisioning the Psychoanalytic Theory of Mysticism

eBook - 1999
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This study examines the history of the psychoanalytic theory of mysticism, starting with the seminal correspondence between Freud and Romain Rolland concerning the concept of "oceanic feeling." Providing a corrective to current views which frame psychoanalysis as pathologizing mysticism, Parsons reveals the existence of three models entertained by Freud and Rolland: the classical reductive, ego-adaptive, and transformational (which allows for a transcendent dimension to mysticism). Then, reconstructing Rolland's personal mysticism (the "oceanic feeling") through texts and leaf.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780195354089
0195354087
0195115082
9780195115086
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 252 pages)

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