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Psychopathology of Religion
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[German Version]

The interrelationship between personality in its relational character and religious symbolism as an expression of comprehensive relatedness allows pathological forms of religiosity to manifest themselves as disorders of the relationship between the individual personality and its social and physical context. Following Peter Szondi, Huth (1978, 728) views drug and alcohol addiction, neurosis, and insanity as negative attempts to solve the problem of participation, parallel to philosophy and belief.

The definition of what is pathological (Sickness an…

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Fraas, Hans-Jürgen, “Psychopathology of Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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