Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Buddhism and Psychoanalysis

  • Ann GleigEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9029

David Black (2006) notes psychoanalysis has recently been witnessing a resurgence of interest in religion and spirituality. Numerous interpenetrating factors have facilitated this occurrence (Jones 2007). These include the cultural shift from the modern to the postmodern and its corresponding undermining of science, rationality, and universal objective truth. The postmodern emphasis on the constructed nature of truth has dethroned positivistic science and undone a strict opposition between science and religion. Theoretical developments within psychoanalysis, such as the relational turn and a concern with self-experience, have also rendered it more sympathetic to religion. In addition, many of the analysts pioneering the dialogue between psychoanalysis and religion declare both a theoretical and existential interest in spirituality and/or report having clients with adaptive religious commitments.

Buddhism has featured prominently in the contemporary psychoanalytic rapprochement with...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA