Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-teachings of the Monster Tale

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Open Court Publishing, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 150 pages
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Dr. Schneider draws upon a detailed and telling analysis of eleven well-known horror stories: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Invisible Man, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Birds, Forbidden Planet, Vertigo, and Alien. He finds that a spiritual understanding of life can be attained through horror. Classic horror steers a middle path between fanaticism and despair: the path of wonderment. Horror teaches us that the human personality is paradoxical, that revulsion and disgust are the obverse of excitement and freedom, and that both poles are vital to individual, social, and ecological well-being.

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About the author (1993)

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (through Divisions 32 [Humanistic], 42 [Independent Practice], and 12 [Clinical]). Dr. Schneider is presently editor of The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and a member of the editorial boards of the Humanistic Psychologist, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2002-2004), the Review of Existential Psychiatry and Psychology, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, the Society for Laingian Studies, The International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, and the Psychotherapy Patient. Dr. Schneider is also past president and founding member of the newly formed Existential-Humanistic Institute (ehinstitute.org) of San Francisco. This is a training institute in existential-humanistic psychotherapy that holds workshops for Saybrook Graduate School and provides group case consultation. Dr. Schneider has published over 70 articles and chapters and has authored/edited five books The Paradoxical Self: Toward an Understanding of Our Contradictory Nature (Plenum, 1990; Humanity Books, 1999, paperback); Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-teachings of the Monster Tale (Open Court, 1993); The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective (co-authored with Rollo May, McGraw-Hill, 1995, translated into Slovak in 2005, and partially being translated into Russian), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research, and Practice (2001, Sage Publishing Co., published in paperback in 2002), and Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, Mystery, and the Fluid Center of Life (June, 2004, Paragon House www.paragonhouse.com). In March 1998, Dr. Schneider wrote the lead article in the American Psychologist entitled, Toward a Science of the Heart: Romanticism and the Revival of Psychology, and he completed (with Larry Leitner) the chapter on Humanistic psychotherapies for the Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy (Academic Press, 2002). Dr. Schneider also wrote the chapter on Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapies for the second edition of the widely distributed Essential Psychotherapies (2003) edited by Alan Gurman and Stanley Messer. Dr. Schneider s most recent honors include listing in Marquis Who s Who in America, Who s Who in the World (2004), and the Rollo May Award for outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology awarded by the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (presented at the APA annual convention, 2004).

In December, 2005 Dr. Schneider will be featured conducting Existential Psychotherapy for the American Psychological Association Video Series Systems of Psychotherapy, to be available summer, 2006 on DVD.

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