Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-worship (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1994 - Psychology - 173 pages
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A trenchant analysis of modern psychology -- an enterprise that Paul Vitz maintains has become a religion, a secular cult of self, now part of the problem of modern life rather than part of its resolution. Virtually rewritten, this second edition of the original 1977 text takes into account much of what has happened in the field of psychology during the past seventeen years. Two completely new chapters are also included -- one on education and "values clarification" and the other on New Age religion.
  

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User Review  - Gretchen - Goodreads

Really interesting discussion of why our society is so self-centered. A little dry, but that is because it is basically research. In the end, I think it is just in our nature to be selfish. Read full review

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User Review  - James Andersen - Goodreads

Where do I begin with a book as great as this? First let me say, I look forward to reading more books from this author. The author says many things that I either consciously agreed with or intuited as ... Read full review

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Contents

Major Theorists
1
Carl Jung
2
Erich Fromm
4
Carl Rogers
7
Abraham Maslow
10
Rollo May and Existential Philosophy
11
SelfTheory for Everybody
15
The SelfServing Bias
20
Selfism and Todays Society
84
A Nation of Victims
85
Selfism and Language
87
Psychology for a Consumer Society
89
Selfism and Christianity Historical Antecedents
95
American Sources
97
Fosdick and Peale
99
Pietism
103

Encounter Groups
22
Recovery Groups
24
SelfHelpers
25
est and Forum
26
SelfHelp Sex
28
Selfism as Bad Science
32
Psychiatry Biology and Experimental Psychology
33
Are We Intrinsically All That Good?
42
From a Philosophical Point of View
47
The Empty Self
49
A Basic Contradiction
51
Brownings Critique
54
Ethical and Scientific Misrepresentations
55
Selfism and the Family
57
SelfTheory and Divorce
59
Parents as the Source of Our Troubles
60
Christianity and the Family
65
SelfTheory and the Schools
68
Self Theory Again
70
A Philosophical Critique
72
A Critique of Procedures and Strategies
74
Research Evaluating Values Clarification
76
A Violation of Privacy Critique
78
Why Has Values Clarification Been So Popular?
81
Why Values Clarification Must Be Rejected
82
The Special Case of Carl Rogers
105
Psychology and the New Age Movement
111
Social and Economic Support for New Age
115
Psychological Origins of New Age
117
New Age as a New Gnosticism
121
From Psychological to Spiritual SelfWorship
123
A Christian Critique
126
The Problem of Depression
130
The Problem of the Human Doormat
131
Christian Love and Selfist Love
132
Creativity and the Creator
138
The Nature of Suffering
139
A Political Response
142
The Problem for Christianity
144
Beyond the Secular Self
151
The Objects Revenge
154
The Dilemma of Existential Narcissism
155
Escape from the Self
158
A New Christian Future?
163
The Failure of Careerism
164
The Tribalist Temptation
166
The Emerging Opportunity
167
Index
169
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About the author (1994)

Paul C. Vitz is professor emeritus of psychology at New York University. His other books includeSigmund Freud's Christian Unconscious and Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism

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