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Volume 79 Issue 2 (June 2006), Pages 153-307

God as other, God as self, God as beyond: A cognitive analytic perspective on the relationship with God (pages 237-255)

A case is made for the importance of working with religious material psychotherapeutically whilst at the same time being attentive to the pitfalls that may arise in doing so. A clinical vignette is presented illustrating some of these difficulties. Connections between constructions of self, other, and God are discussed using reciprocal roles, a concept from cognitive analytic therapy (CAT). A perspective offering a multiple and ‘voiced’ nature of self is explored; parallels are drawn with descriptions of God; and therapeutic implications are discussed.

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