Psychodynamic and Relational Approaches

  • James M. Nelson

Two years before William James published his classic Varieties of Religious Experience, a relatively unknown doctor named Sigmund Freud authored his first great work, The Interpretation of Dreams, ushering in the new field of psychodynamic psychology. Ten years later, Freud published Totem and Taboo, his first major work that attempted an analysis of religion. In the following years, the work of Freud and other psychodynamic theorists would provide a rich—and sometime contentious—platform for a religion-psychology dialogue.


Relational Approach Object Relation Human Person Religious Experience Religious Symbol 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Nelson
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyValparaiso UniversityValparaisoUSA

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