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- Psychology, Movements, Jungian
- Philosophy, Movements, Phenomenology
- Religion, Christian Life, Spiritual Growth
Carl Jung, Phenomenology, Christian world view, Behavioral psychology, René Girard, Consciousness, Neuroscience.
Psychology of the Spirit
A New Vision of the Soul Integrating Depth Psychology, Modern Neuroscience, and Ancient Christianity
John G. Shobris and Holly A. Shobris
While not all aspects of Carl Gustav Jung’s work have aged well, many of his ideas remain consistent with current concepts in behavioral psychology and neuroscience. Psychology of the Spirit reviews the lasting effects of Jung’s work and how it integrates with modern neuroscience, cognitive and behavioral studies, and Christian theology. It combines the mystical insights developed by Eastern Orthodox Christian theology with Jung’s vision of the psyche and the concept of the collective unconscious and its archetypes. Though written as a contribution to the field of psychology and as a tool for clinical practice, it is also accessible to lay readers interested in the relationship between the mind and the brain.
"Psychology of the Spirit is a compelling read for seasoned psychologists, students or those interested in the field. Spirituality, neuropsychology, and psychodynamic theory are synthesized to create an innovative perspective for the reader to ponder. This comprehensive book is an excellent resource for professional development."
Lee Messina, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
"The Psychology of the Spirit is a fascinating look in the journey of the soul through the mind. Dr. Shobris's (et al.) knowledge of neuroscience and psychology is vast and passionate; his examination of the spirit is deep and heartfelt, making for a gripping read. Anyone who is interested in the material world of science and the role it does or can play in God's universe will walk away with a great deal to think about. Christianity, particularly, should find inspiration within these pages and see that their faith and the beautiful, boundless world of science that God has given us to discover need not be mutually exclusive."
Victoria Dougherty, Author of "The Bone Church"
“This work by Dr. Shobris is a monumental task enjoined in relatively few pages. The issues at hand are both the secular modern psychology pitted against formal religion, but also the dichotomous religious traditions of Orthodox Christianity and Roman Christianity. But Dr. Shobris is using a lever to unfold some of the teachings of Carl Jung in order to bring hope to those who wish to heal differences rather than continue to explain their incompatibilities. In essence this book stands in the middle of the fray between secular evolutionary psychology, Eastern orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholicism, inviting all sides to consider the multiverse as a possible way of healing.”
Phil K. Springer, M.D.
Psychiatrist and developer of Supportive Person Group Psychotherapy...the Janus Group
John G. Shobris is a clinical psychologist who worked in geriatric neuropsychology, private practice, and correctional psychology for over 20 years. He believes the Christian faith, particularly Eastern Orthodox theology, has a wealth of wisdom to offer modern psychology.
Holly A. Shobris has a strong interest in the practical dimensions of psychology, with a special focus on psychological developments over a person’s lifetime. She works as an animal trainer and breeder.
They live a farm lifestyle in northern Florida together with their six children.
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