Psychosis and Spirituality : Consolidating the New Paradigm

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-10-11
  • Publisher: Wiley

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The new edition of this successful text builds on the very latest research to present an original and unique exploration of the psychology of both spirituality and psychosis. The editor brings together fascinating perspectives from a broad range of distinguished contributors. This new edition covers the most recent body of research, both qualitative and quantitative, in its exploration of the interface between psychosis and spirituality, and investigation into anomalous experiences Ten new chapters added and the remaining text completely updated New to this edition is an expanded clinical section, relevant to clinicians working with psychosis Offers a fundamental rethink of the concept of psychosis, and proposes new insights into spirituality Includes feature chapters from a distinguished list of contributors across a broad range of disciplines, including Peter Fenwick, Peter Chadwick, David Kingdon, Gordon Claridge, Neil Douglas Klotz and David Lukoff

Author Biography

Isabel Clarke is a consultant clinical psychologist, working in acute mental health in the NHS. She is the author of Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God (2008), and co-editor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Acute Inpatient Mental Health Units: Working with Clients, Staff and the Milieu (with H. Wilson, 2008). For more information, please visit www.isabelclarke.org.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Notes on Editor and Contributors
Psychosis and Spirituality Revisited: The Frontier is Opening Up!
The Neurophysiology of Religious Experience
Cognitive Neuroscience, Spirituality and Mysticism: Recent Developments
Spirituality Revisited
The Polarities of Consciousness
Missing Stories: Psychosis, Spirituality and the Development of Western Religious Hermeneutics
The Mystical Face of Psychosis: The Psychotic Face of Mysticism. The New Continuum
'On Not Drinking Soup with a Fork': From Spiritual Experience to Madness to Growth - A Personal Journey
Spiritual Experience: Healthy Psychoticism?
'Psychopathology', 'Psychosis' and the Kundalini: Post-Modern Perspectives On Unusual Subjective Experience
The Discontinuity Hypothesis and its Philosophical Implications
Psychosis and Spirituality: The Discontinuity Model
Knowledge and Reality
Are Delusions on a Continuum? The Case of Religious and Delusional Beliefs
The Paradigm-Shifting Hypothesis: A Common Process in Benign Psychosis and Psychotic Disorder
Transformative Crises
Exploring the Transliminal: Qualitative Studies
Clinical Implications
'What is Real and What is Not': Towards a Positive Reconceptualisation of Vulnerability to Unusual Experiences
Visionary Spiritual Experiences
Learning to Become Centred and Grounded and Let the Voices Come and Go
Mapping Our Madness: The Hero's Journey as A Therapeutic Approach
Spirituality, Psychosis and the Development of 'Normalising Rationales'
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