Psychology as religion : the cult of self-worship / Paul C. Vitz.
By: Vitz, Paul C.Material type: BookPublisher: Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, ©1977Description: 149 p. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0802816967; 9780802816962.Subject(s): Psychology and religion | Psychology -- Philosophy | Christianity -- Psychology | Self-worshipAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Psychology as religion.DDC classification: 150/.1 Online resources: Table of contents
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
1. Four major theorists : Erich Fromm ; Carl Rogers ; Abraham Maslow ; Rollo May -- 2. Self-theory for everybody : Encounter groups ; Self-helpers ; est ; Self-help sex -- 3. Selfism as bad science : Psychiatry, biology and experimental psychology ; Are we intrinsically all that good? -- 4. From a philosophical point of view : A question of definitions ; A basic contradiction ; Ethical and scientific misrepresentations -- 5. Selfism and today's society : A creed for the youth culture ; Selfism and language ; Psychology for a consumer society -- 6. Selfism and Christianity: historical antecedents : Feuerbach ; Fosdick and Peale ; Pietism ; The special case of Carl Rogers -- 7. Selfism and the family : The isolated individual ; Parents as the source of our troubles -- 8. A Christian critique : Selfism as idolatry ; Christian love and selfist love ; Creativity and the Creator ; The nature of suffering -- 9. Christian politics : The problem for psychology ; The problem for Christianity -- 10. Beyond the secular self : The bias in being "objective" ; The object's revenge ; The dilemma of existential narcissism ; Escape from the self -- 11. A new Christian future? : The end of modern heroism ; The coming failure of careerism ; The emerging opportunity.
Here is a forthright and thought-provoking critique of modern psychology. Focusing on the pervasive theories which espouse a secular humanism based on worship of the self, the author examines his material from scientific, philosophical, economic, ethical, and religious points of view. He contends that psychology today has become a religion, part of the problem of contemporary life rather than its resolution. -- Provided by publisher.