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Birth of the Living God

A Psychoanalytic Study

Utilizing both clinical material based on the life histories of twenty patients and theoretical insights from the works of Freud, Erikson, Fairbairn, and Winnicott, Ana-Maria Rizzuto examines the origin, development, and use of our God images. Whereas Freud postulated that belief in God is based on a child’s idea of his father, Rizzuto argues that the God representation draws from a variety of sources and is a major element in the fabric of one’s view of self, others, and the world.

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1979


Table of Contents

Part One
1. Introduction
2. Freud
3. Beyond Freud
4. The Representations of Objects and Human Psychic Functionings
Part Two
5. Introduction to the Clinical Research
6. A God without Whiskers
7. A God in the Mirror
8. God, the Enigma
9. God, My Enemy
Part Three
10. Conclusions

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