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Thompson, C. (1938). Clinical: Robert P. Knight. "Practical and Theoretical Considerations in the Analysis of a Minister.' Psychoanalytic Review, 1937, Vol. XXIV, No. 4, pp. 350–364.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:349-350.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Clinical: Robert P. Knight. "Practical and Theoretical Considerations in the Analysis of a Minister.' Psychoanalytic Review, 1937, Vol. XXIV, No. 4, pp. 350–364.

(1938). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 19:349-350

Clinical: Robert P. Knight. "Practical and Theoretical Considerations in the Analysis of a Minister.' Psychoanalytic Review, 1937, Vol. XXIV, No. 4, pp. 350–364.

Clara Thompson

The analysis of a Protestant minister whose life history shews very clearly the neurotic basis of his religious beliefs is given in some detail, shewing the insurmountable obstacles presented when any attempt was made to analyse the religious attitude. Among the obstacles were the

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reality considerations that religion was his means of livelihood as well as his means of prestige with his fellow men. Nevertheless, satisfactory improvement of the patient was obtained by limiting the analysis to an understanding of his socially unsuccessful neurotic attitudes.

From the result the author concludes that for some people religion may offer the best solution of the Oedipus problem, that in these cases it is best to limit interpretation of the religious factors to the points where his individual neurotic superstructure goes beyond accepted religious belief or practice. By this method, disabling neurotic symptoms can be removed without destroying the religious faith.

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Article Citation

Thompson, C. (1938). Clinical. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:349-350

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