Birth of the Living God: A Psychoanalytic Study

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University of Chicago Press, 1979 - Psychology - 246 pages
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.

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Contents

Freud
13
Beyond Freud
41
The Representations of Objects and Human Psychic Functionings
54
Introduction to the Clinical Research
87
A God without Whiskers
93
A God in the Mirror
109
God the Enigma
130
God My Enemy
149
Conclusions
177
Epilogue
212
Appendix
213
Notes
221
References
231
Index
240
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Ana-Maria Rizzuto, M.D. is training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East.

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