Chapter 16. Religion and Psychoanalysis: Past and Present

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Allan M. Josephson Professor,
  2. Armand Nicholi Jr. Associate Clinical Professor and
  3. Allan Tasman Professor of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch16

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Josephson, A. M., Nicholi, A. and Tasman, A. (2010) Religion and Psychoanalysis: Past and Present, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. United States of America

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • religion and psychoanalysis - past and present;
  • religion, serving as a vehicle of conflict and resource enabling individual adaptation;
  • legacy of Freud's views - contemporary shifts in relationship of psychoanalysis to religion;
  • spirituality, one's connection to a transcendent context of meaning and religion;
  • morality and existential meaning - two areas of overlapping interest;
  • shifts in Freudian viewpoint;
  • Meissner's, seminal psychoanalysis and religious experience;
  • clinicians utilizing traditional approach to assessment - listening to spontaneous material;
  • transference and countertransference;
  • religion and spirituality - as reflecting basic human needs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Definitions

  • The Relationship between Psychoanalysis, Religion and Spirituality

  • The Legacy of Freud's Views

  • Is Psychoanalysis a Technique or Worldview?

  • Shifts in the Freudian Viewpoint

  • New Theoretical Perspectives

  • Clinical Issues: Assessment

  • Clinical Issues: Case Formulation

  • Clinical Issues: Treatment

  • Transference and Countertransference

  • Challenges for the Future

  • Conclusion

  • References