A Search for the Self II

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eBookit.com, Dec 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 150 pages
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This is a life story that describes how the various influences of Catholic authoritarian dogma and mandatory instruction can negatively hinder the developmental tasks of childhood from the establishment of "basic trust" to "adolescent identity" and beyond. This is about avoiding the pitfalls of untoward spiritual and religious training and how a persistent, open and hopeful attitude can help in a recovery. This book is not meant to be a condemnation of those of us caught up in a web of unhealthy developmental or instructional experiences, whether in the Church or within the society at large. Most people act in good faith. This is, rather, a criticism of an institutional/authoritarian belief system that is harmful and destructive if not tempered by a healthy regard for the advancement of knowledge, enlightenment and true faith in God's universe.

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About the author (2012)

The author is a retired School Psychologist with an earlier working experience as a Juvenile Probation Officer. He holds active licenses in the State of California as a Marriage-Family Therapist (#4216) and as an Educational Psychologist (#735). Because of his own difficulties adjusting to adult responsibilities in his youth and his subsequent professional background he was prompted to write of his own life experiences. His is a story, like so many others, of having to struggle with issues of inadequate self-development and self-valuing. The author takes us through his early intimidating perplexities of his childhood and the warnings of Roman Catholic teachings that not to believe in certain "holy" doctrine could result in the "loss of your immortal soul" and the loss of an eternal relationship with God. This, then, was a growing up experience amidst an atmosphere of guilt, shame and fear and eternal damnation if disobedient to the laws of the Catholic Church. The author further describes how self-defeating and destructive were many of his choices and judgments as a consequence. This author's childhood experience of priestly powers was a kind of awestruck reverence of such an office so that nothing uttered by the priest or performed by him could be challenged or questioned by adult or child alike. This is the kind of invested power that the author believes has led to the pathological abuses of children.

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