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Goldstein, S. (2009). The Parallel Paths of Psychoanalysis and Spirituality: Convergences, Divergences, Transformation. Psychoanal. Perspect., 6(1):45-66.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 6(1):45-66

The Parallel Paths of Psychoanalysis and Spirituality: Convergences, Divergences, Transformation

Shelle Goldstein, LCSW

The shift from the classical model to the relational perspective has created a gradual warming trend in the chilly relationship between psychoanalysis and religion/spirituality. The author views both disciplines as parallel paths of transformation, in which limiting ways of being begin to fall away and more expansive ways come into existence, reviewing those points of convergence that facilitate healing; a sense of safety and calm; and opportunities for self-reflection, self-compassion, and surrender to something transcendent. Exploration of the convergences and divergences along the analytic path illuminates how the space between the interpenetrating realms of psychoanalysis and spirituality became one of thirdness and transformation for both. When the analysand feels healed, that her sense of aliveness and authenticity was created and discovered within the intersubjective space of the dyad, psychoanalysis can be experienced as a sacred journey.

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