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S., A. (1940). Applied: P. Hopkins. 'Analytic Observations on the Scala Perfectionis of the Mystics.' British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1939, Vol. XVIII, Part 2, pp. 198–218.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 21:355-356.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Applied: P. Hopkins. 'Analytic Observations on the Scala Perfectionis of the Mystics.' British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1939, Vol. XVIII, Part 2, pp. 198–218.

(1940). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 21:355-356

Applied: P. Hopkins. 'Analytic Observations on the Scala Perfectionis of the Mystics.' British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1939, Vol. XVIII, Part 2, pp. 198–218.

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The successive stages of mystic attainment, as expounded in the Christian, Hindu, Mohammedan and Buddhist religions, are compared

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with the psychological development which the neurotic goes through in the course of psycho-analytic treatment. Of the three main groups into which those stages fall, the first, or purgative one, in which confession plays a great part, is likened to the patient's outpourings to his analyst; the second, or illuminative, is likened to the release of energy effected in him by analytic interpretation; and the third, or unitive, to the establishment of a harmonious libidinal relationship between him and his analyst, and consequently between him and his internal and external objects.

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S., A. (1940). Applied. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 21:355-356

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