Psychosis and Spirituality: Consolidating the New Paradigm

The publishers say that this book (first issued in 2010 and edited by Isabel Clarke):

“… builds on the very latest research to present an original and unique exploration of the psychology of both spirituality and psychosis. The editor brings together fascinating perspectives from a broad range of distinguished contributors.

  • This new edition covers the most recent body of research, both qualitative and quantitative, in its exploration of the interface between psychosis and spirituality, and investigation into anomalous experiences
  • Ten new chapters added and the remaining text completely updated
  • New to this edition is an expanded clinical section, relevant to clinicians working with psychosis
  • Offers a fundamental rethink of the concept of psychosis, and proposes new insights into spirituality
  • Includes feature chapters from a distinguished list of contributors across a broad range of disciplines, including Peter Fenwick, Peter Chadwick, David Kingdon, Gordon Claridge, Neil Douglas Klotz and David Lukoff.”


Section 1: Neuropsychology

  • Introduction
  • The Neurophysiology of Religious Experience, Peter Fenwick
  • Cognitive Neuroscience, Spirituality and Mysticism: Recent Developments, B. Les Lancaster

Section 2: Spirituality Revisited

  • Introduction
  • The Polarities of Consciousness, Natalie Tobert
  • Missing Stories: Psychosis, Spirituality and the Development of Western Religious Hermeneutics, Neil Douglas‐Klotz

Section 3: The Mystical Face of Psychosis: The Psychotic Face of Mysticism. The New Continuum

  • Introduction
  • ‘On Not Drinking Soup with a Fork’: From Spiritual Experience to Madness to Growth – A Personal Journey, Peter K. Chadwick
  • Spiritual Experience: Healthy Psychoticism?, Dr Gordon Claridge
  • ‘Psychopathology’, ‘Psychosis’ and the Kundalini: Post‐Modern Perspectives on Unusual Subjective Experience, Richard House

Section 4: The Discontinuity Hypothesis and its Philosophical Implications

  • Introduction
  • Psychosis and Spirituality: The Discontinuity Model, Isabel Clarke
  • Knowledge and Reality, Chris Clarke

Section 5: Research

  • Introduction
  • Are Delusions on a Continuum? The Case of Religious and Delusional Beliefs, Emmanuelle Peters
  • The Paradigm‐Shifting Hypothesis: A Common Process in Benign Psychosis and Psychotic Disorder, Mike Jackson
  • Transformative Crises, Caroline Brett
  • Exploring the Transliminal: Qualitative Studies, Sharon Warwick & Roger Waldram

Section 6: Clinical Implications

  • Introduction
  • ‘What is Real and What is Not’: Towards a Positive Reconceptualisation of Vulnerability to Unusual Experiences, Isabel Clarke
  • Visionary Spiritual Experiences, David Lukoff
  • Learning to become Centred and Grounded and Let the Voices come and go, Nigel Mills
  • Mapping Our Madness: The Hero’s Journey as A Therapeutic Approach, Janice Hartley
  • Spirituality, Psychosis and the Development of ‘Normalising Rationales’, David Kingdon, Ron Siddle, Farooq Naeem & Shanaya Rathod
  • Endword, Isabel Clarke

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