Sudhir Kakar, Indiaas foremost practitioner of psychoanalysis, has focused his career on infusing this preeminently Western discipline with ideas and views from the East. In Mad and Divine, he takes on the separation of the spirit and the body favored by psychoanalysts, cautioning that a single-minded focus on the physical denies a personas wholeness. Similarly, Kakar argues, to focus on the spirit alone is to hold in contempt the body that makes us human. Mad and Divine looks at the interplay between spirit and psyche and the moments of creativity and transformation that occur when the spirit overcomes desire and narcissism. Kakar examines this relationship in religious rituals and healing traditionsa both Eastern and Westernaas well as in the lives of some extraordinary men: the mystic and guru Rajneesh, Gandhi, and the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley. Enriched with a novelistas felicity of language and an analystas piercing insights and startling interpretations, Mad and Divine is a valuable addition to the literature on the integration of the spirit and psyche in the evolving psychology of the individual.Sudhir Kakar, Indiaas foremost practitioner of psychoanalysis, has focused his career on infusing this preeminently Western discipline with ideas and views from the East.
|Title||:||Mad and Divine|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 2009-08-01|