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Mystics and Medics: A Comparison of Mystical and Psychotherapeutic Encounters

Bulka, Reuven P. (Ed.)

 This is an expanded, revised version of a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Judaism also edited by logotherapist Bulka who directs the Center for the Study of Psychology and Judaism. There are eight essays which explore the similarities between the Jewish mystical tradition and modern psychotherapy. Other essays stress the way the Hasidic rebbe or zaddik (master), whose Western counterpart is the therapist, and in some respects, parapsychologist. The unifying aim is that of transcending the empirical. General themes of interest to parapsychologists are empathy, altered states, and the interpersonal encounter. Parapsychology is dealt with specifically in James Kirsch's study of the clairvoyant Rabbi Nachman and in Jan Ehrenwald's paper on the prophetic tradition and precognition.
Publisher Information:New York: Human Sciences Press, 1979. 120p. 130 refs
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