Scottish Psychoanalysis: A Rational Religion

Gavin Miller

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The ambition to rationally preserve a Christian religious inheritance distinctively informs Scottish psychoanalytic ideas. Scottish psychoanalysis presents the human personality as born into communion with others. The aim of therapy is to restore, preserve, and promote genuinely interpersonal relations. The Scottish psychoanalysis apparent in the work of W. R. D. Fairbairn, Ian Suttie, Hugh Crichton-Miller, and in the philosophy of John Macmurray, is exported to New Zealand, where it is promoted by the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists. Scottish psychoanalytic ideas also remain effective in post-war Britain: the idea of communion appears in dialogue with other theories in thework of Harry Guntrip, John Macquarrie, R. D. Laing, and Aaron Esterson.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-59
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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