Ana-María Rizzuto and the Psychoanalysis of Religion

The Road to the Living God

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Martha J. Reineke, David M. Goodman
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , August
     228 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Brad Strawn forthcoming.


Ana-María Rizzuto’s groundbreaking explorations of the formation of God representations in early childhood and their elaboration throughout the life cycle have made their mark, enriching the practice of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, as well as scholarship within the psychoanalytic study of religion. Accompanied by illuminating commentaries by Rizzuto, the authors of this edited collectione essays in this volume underscore Rizzuto’s most important contribution to clinical practice: rather than assert that psychoanalysis is incompatible with religious beliefs and practices or with spiritual concerns that patients may bring to a therapeutic context, Rizzuto makes room for the coexistence of psychoanalysis and religion in the therapeutic setting. Demonstrating how Rizzuto’s work has enhanced connections within and among psychoanalytic theories of religion, established pathways for new developments in psychotherapy, and facilitated interdisciplinary conversations, this volume showcases the compelling power of Rizzuto’s work and its ongoing influence.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Martha J. Reineke is professor of religion in the department of philosophy and world religions at the University of Northern Iowa.

David M. Goodman is associate dean for academic affairs at the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College, teaching associate at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Hospital, and a psychologist in private practice.

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