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Who Is the Dreamer, Who Dreams the Dream? by James S. Grotstein

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Chapter 9

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WHY OEDIPUS AND NOT CHRIST?

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Part 11

THE NUMINOUS AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSION AS A METAPSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

In chapter 8, I presented case material that had struck me as rich in religious, spiritual, and demonic dimensions of psychoanalysis. Following Bion (1965, 1970, 1992; personal communication), I distinguish between religion, spirituality, the moral or religious “instinctual drive,” and numinousness. Religion, generally speaking, refers to the administrative organization (middle management, as it were) for the distribution of the ...

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