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Weiss, J. (1959). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXII, 1958: The Role of Faith in Psychotherapy. Paul Bergman. Pp. 92-103.. Psychoanal Q., 28:287-287.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXII, 1958: The Role of Faith in Psychotherapy. Paul Bergman. Pp. 92-103.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:287-287

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXII, 1958: The Role of Faith in Psychotherapy. Paul Bergman. Pp. 92-103.

Joseph Weiss

The old faith that the world is good and that the individual living in it partakes of this goodness is losing adherence. There is also a new faith that a man may, through his behavior or action, increase or defend the area of goodness in his life or in the lives of others. All faith has its roots in the child's unity with the mother, which in states of satisfaction it feels as altogether good. The old faith takes the short-cut of fantasy to the original goodness, while the adherent of the new faith hopes that through knowledge he may alter his world to make it better, although he may be well aware of the extreme difficulties involved. The realm of psychotherapy may be thought of as encompassing the phenomena associated with the breakdown of faith. Today inspirational therapies are disguised as scientific therapies. Even therapies which require the patient slowly to modify his mental structures depend on a faith that his efforts will gradually be rewarded.

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Weiss, J. (1959). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXII, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 28:287-287

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