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Randour, M.L. Bondanza, J. (1987). The Concept of God in the Psychological Formation of Females. Psychoanal. Psychol., 4(4):301-313.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 4(4):301-313

The Concept of God in the Psychological Formation of Females

Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D. and Julie Bondanza, Ph.D.

We use theory and research to argue that a cultural concept of God profoundly influences female psychological development. God, as the most mythologically and historically significant transitional object, influences the developmental path of an object representation of God, the related self-representation, and the child's future relationship to a larger cultural arena of human living. We use a clinical case example to illustrate how a positive transference and an alternative concept of God mutually influence the elaboration of a God representation derived from a maternal imago, which in turn frees the patient to explore her early object representations. We close by stressing that a culture's myths and symbols, particularly the culture's God concept, have theoretical and clinical relevance in the psychological development of the individual.

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