Nov 23, 2020  
2012-2014 Theological School Catalog 
    
2012-2014 Theological School Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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RLSC 731 - Narcissism and Compassion: Individual and Societal Health and Heinz Kohut’s Self-Psychology

3 credits
The course examines the psychological understanding of narcissism by surveying the progress of the theory of the psychology of the self developed by Heinz Kohut in conjunction with other theories such as Freudian and Object Relations theories. It engages in a psychological understanding of narcissistic phenomena in a developmental, rather than pathological, perspective. It thus proposes that individual and societal health is achieved by the transformation, and not elimination, of narcissistic behaviors, i.e., the transformation of an immature into a more mature narcissism characterized by creativity, sense of humor, sense of finitude, empathy, and wisdom. It also explores its theoretical implications on the lives of historical figures as well as ethical, pastoral, and theological issues. It works toward developing an ethic/theology of compassion that can address pastoral issues. 



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