The Unconscious God
The Unconscious God (German: Der Unbewußte Gott) is a book by Viktor E. Frankl, the Viennese psychiatrist and founder of Logotherapy. The book was the subject of his dissertation for a Ph.D. in philosophy in 1948.
Cover of the 1949 German edition
|Author||Viktor E. Frankl|
|Original title||Der Unbewußte Gott|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|Media type||Print (Paperback)|
|Preceded by||The Doctor and the Soul|
The Unconscious God is an examination of the relation of psychology and religion.
The term "the unconscious God" refers to a "hidden relationship with the hidden God".
In his work, Frankl advocates for the use of the Socratic dialogue or "self-discovery discourse" to be used with clients to get in touch with their "Noetic" (or spiritual) unconscious.
Human religiousness is a deeply individual decision; it cannot be derived from a collective type (as Jung would argue).
Frankl contends that a mature involvement with a religious group increases the sense of purpose in life.
Frankl's book was originally published as Der Unbewußte Gott by Ehrlich Schmidt in 1943; the English language version was published by Simon & Schuster in 1975 under the title The Unconscious God: Psychotherapy and Theology.
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