Scottish psychoanalysis: a rational religion

Miller, G. (2008) Scottish psychoanalysis: a rational religion. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 44(1), pp. 38-58. (doi: 10.1002/jhbs.20281)

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The ambition to rationally preserve a Christian religious inheritance distinctively informs Scottish psychoanalytic ideas. Scottish psychoanalysis presents the human personality as born into communion with others. The aim of therapy is to restore, preserve, and promote genuinely interpersonal relations. The Scottish psychoanalysis apparent in the work of W.R.D. Fairbairn, Ian Suttie, Hugh Crichton-Miller, and in the philosophy of John Macmurray, is exported to New Zealand, where it is promoted by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. Scottish psychoanalytic ideas also remain effective in post-war Britain: the idea of communion appears in dialogue with other theories in thework of Harry Guntrip, John Macquarrie, R.D. Laing, and Aaron Esterson.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Dr Gavin
Authors: Miller, G.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
ISSN (Online):1520-6696
Published Online:14 January 2008

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