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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.[1]

The Unconscious God: Psychotherapy and Theology
The Unconscious God, 1949 German edition.jpg
Cover of the 1949 German edition
AuthorViktor E. Frankl
Original titleDer Unbewußte Gott
LanguageGerman
SubjectPsychology, Logotherapy
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
1943
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages161
ISBN978-0671220990
Preceded byThe Doctor and the Soul 

The Unconscious God is an examination of the relation of psychology and religion.

Key ideasEdit

The term "the unconscious God" refers to a "hidden relationship with the hidden God".[2]

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.[3]

Human religiousness is a deeply individual decision; it cannot be derived from a collective type (as Jung would argue).[2]

Frankl contends that a mature involvement with a religious group increases the sense of purpose in life.[4]

Published editionsEdit

Frankl's book was originally published as Der Unbewußte Gott[5] 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boeree, George. "Personality Theories: Viktor Frankl." Shippensburg University. Accessed April 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Fuller, Andrew Reid. Psychology and religion: Eight points of view. Rowman & Littlefield, 1994.
  3. ^ Lantz, James E. "Family logotherapy." Contemporary Family Therapy 8, no. 2 (1986): 124-135.
  4. ^ Weinstein, Lawrence, and Charalambos C. Cleanthous. "A comparison of protestant ministers and parishioners on expressed purpose in life and intrinsic religious motivation." Psychology: A Journal of Human Behavior (1996).
  5. ^ Moore, Hallie E. "The Unconscious God: Psychotherapy and Theology." American Journal of Psychiatry 134, no. 11 (1977): 1317-b.