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Maaske, J. (2002). Spirituality and Mindfulness. Psychoanal. Psychol., 19(4):777-781.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 19(4):777-781

Spirituality and Mindfulness

Jon Maaske, Ph.D.

Several points of commonality emerged in 3 papers on psychoanalysis and spirituality, independently submitted by Randall Sorenson, by Ellen Lewinberg and Doris Brothers, and by Marianne Spitzform. A central unifying theme was an image of spaciousness that incorporates intersubjectivity and the feminine. Spitzform described Winnicott's “transitional space” in which the intermix of internal and external realities can lead, through the process of symbolization, both to new psychological possibilities and to the spiritual. Brothers and Lewinberg's elaboration of Kohut and of the distinction between institutional religion and the personal experience of spirituality aided access to this territory. Carl Jung's analytical psychology can help articulate these issues, which were at the heart of the Freud–Jung split.

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