Madness as Religious Experience - Allen Ginsberg Essay

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Madness as Religious Experience: The Case of Allen Ginsberg Author(s): Martin Wasserman Reviewed work(s): Source: Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Summer, 1982), pp. 145-151 Published by: Springer Stable URL: . Accessed: 14/06/2012 10:29
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such as James,2 Bateson,8 not alone in this beUef. Other writers Jung,4 Laing,6 to Anton the concern definition

and Grant8 have to support evidence the also offered Bowers,7 Perry,6 can be a reUgious that madness most contention experience. Unfortunately, mental health practitioners have closed their eyes to this insight, because they have failed to perceive the fuU developmental of madness range of the process have simply viewed each point along the way as an end product and, instead, I recreated at a narratives told me by patients pubUcation, to organize of the purposes of this work was One the psychiatric hospital.9 The of madness into distinct information process stages. developmental with combined the data generated from more provided by these narratives, recent with conversations individuals have of who the world experienced as weU as the biographical material found in the aforementioned madness, as a reUgious of madness sources,10 aU now lead me to beUeve that the process as: four distinct I have identified contains experience stages. These stages one: The hurt-and-be-hurt state of being Stage Stage two: The self-induced

in itself. In a previous


experience at the State University of

Martin Wasserman, New York, Adirondack

is Associate College,


Professor of Psychology

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