Chapter 18. Psychotherapy or Religious Healing?

The ‘Therapeutic’ Cult of Charismatic Catholics in Italy

  1. Mario Incayawar M.D., M.Sc. Director2,3,4,
  2. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor5 and
  3. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research2
  1. Micol Ascoli M.D. Consultant Psychiatrist

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch18

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

How to Cite

Ascoli, M. (2009) Psychotherapy or Religious Healing?, in Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health (eds M. Incayawar, R. Wintrob and L. Bouchard), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Runajambi – Institute for the Study of Quichua Culture and Health, Otavalo, Ecuador

  2. 3

    Former Henry R. Luce, Professor in Brain, Mind and Medicine: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, USA

  3. 4

    Harvey Mudd Colleges, California, USA

  4. 5

    WPA-Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Author Information

  1. East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470516836

Online ISBN: 9780470741054

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Keywords:

  • psychotherapy or religious healing - ‘therapeutic’ cult of Charismatic Catholics in Italy;
  • Charismatic movements and Pentecostal Churches - within Christian religion spreading in America in late nineteenth century;
  • theological basis of Catholic Charismatic movement - Trinitarian nature;
  • Catholic conceptualization of illness expressed in documents - ‘Instructions on prayers to obtain healing from God’;
  • Catholic charismatic religious healing and therapeutic factors;
  • basic therapeutic factor of charismatic faith healing - non-specific, redefinition of meaning of one's illness at a spiritual level;
  • psychotherapist working in ‘here and now’ of relationship - configured as an authentic interpersonal encounter;
  • therapist's presence and activity in complex and evolving dialectics of emotional exchanges with patient - false presence of a mediator between sufferer and powerful transcendent entity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Charismatic Theoretical Approach to Illness

  • Therapeutic Factors in Catholic Charismatic Religious Healing

  • Discussion

  • Notes

  • References

  • Bibliography