Spirituality and the Healthy Mind: Science, Therapy, and the Need for Personal Meaning by Marc GalanterSpirituality and the Healthy Mind: Science, Therapy, and the Need for Personal Meaning by Marc Galanter

Spirituality and the Healthy Mind: Science, Therapy, and the Need for Personal Meaning

byMarc Galanter

Hardcover | July 7, 2005

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Spirituality has emerged as a prominent theme in contemporary culture. It is seen in issues as diverse as Eastern philosophies and religious awakenings; its psychological impact is apparent in alternative medicine, Alcoholics Anonymous, and meditation. In their own ways, each of these hashelped people get relief from the problems psychiatrists often treat. But the mental health profession has generally ignored these isues, focusing on specific target symptoms, from anxiety to heavy drinking. Their efforts rely increasingy on medications and brief therapies as they succumb to thechilling influence of managed care. This raises an important question: Can the spiritual and professional, two perspectives that seem different, be reconciled? This book is designed to provide an answer to this question. It draws on recent findings in psychology, neuroscience, and innovativetherapies to understand how people in America and worldwide express their spiritual needs. It then shows how the mentally ill, substance abusers, and people troubled by a sense that something is missing in their lives can be helped by developing a sense of personal meaning, while still benefittingfrom contemporary therapy and medications. Finally, it examines shortcomings in both the biomedical and spiritually-oriented approaches. The book draws on clinical experience and recent research studies, including the author's work over thirty years. This is enhanced by case studies drawn frompatients, mental health professionals, the lay public, and even cult members. All this is brought together to create a vivid understanding of how mental health treatment can be made more effective by giving meaning to people's lives.
Marc Galanter is at New York University Medical Center.
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Title:Spirituality and the Healthy Mind: Science, Therapy, and the Need for Personal MeaningFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.18 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:July 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195176693

ISBN - 13:9780195176698

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Table of Contents

I. WHAT IS SPIRITUALITY?1. Spirituality Emerges2. A Psychological Perspective3. Spirituality and the BrainII. THE IMPACT OF CULTURE4. The Apparent Conflict5. Problems With Spirituality6. When Something Is MissingIII. VARIETIES OF SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE7. Christian Psychiatry8. Spirituality in India9. Liberal Islam10. Hospital Chaplaincy: Confronting Illness and DeathIV. SPIRITUAL RECOVERY MOVEMENTS11. Alternative Medicine12. Alcoholics AnonymousV. THERAPY OF A DIFFERENT KIND13. 14. 15. 16.

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"Spirituality and the Healthy Mind provides a valuable introduction to its subject matter and will be informative for readers of varied backgrounds and persuasions. It should prove an important aid to professionals seeking a holistic context for this ubiquitous yet elusive topic."--Journal ofNervous and Mental Disease