Item description for Ignatius of Loyola: The Psychology of a Saint by W. W. Meissner & S. J. W. W. Meissner...
Overview Ignatius of Loyola--knight, saint, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)--was one of the greatest figures in Western Christianity. This book, written by a psychiatrist-psychoanalyst who is also a Jesuit, is the first work to look behind the events, accounts, and documents of Ignatius' life and religious experience in order to enter and understand his inner world. 24 illustrations.
Publishers Description Ignatius of Loyola-knight and saint, mystic and ascetic, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)-was one of the greatest figures in Western Christianity. This book, written by a psychiatrist-psychoanalyst who is also a Jesuit, is the first work to investigate the inner life of Ignatius and to study the psychological motivations for his spirituality and mysticism.
Citations And Professional Reviews Ignatius of Loyola: The Psychology of a Saint by W. W. Meissner & S. J. W. W. Meissner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 12/12/1994
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Studio: Yale University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.15" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.39" Weight: 1.67 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 1994
Publisher Yale University Press
ISBN 0300060793 ISBN13 9780300060799
Reviews - What do customers think about Ignatius of Loyola: The Psychology of a Saint?
Not an easy to read book Feb 5, 2008
This is a difficult book to read unless you happen to be a psychiatrist. This book blends biography with psychological analysis. It took me at least eight months to finish this 400 pages plus book. The story of Iñigo, later to become Ignatius, is a remarkable one. You will witness the transition of Iñigo from a pugnacious young man, brave and passionate, into a mystic and an exemplary Christian (but still brave and passionate).
The author threads between two poles; on one hand you have the Grace of God acting on a broken (physically and spiritually) man making him fit to be called a saint and a mystic and, on the other hand, you have a man oppressed by psychological issues (narcissism, sublimation of libido and aggression). Somehow Ignatius reconciles both poles.
It is inappropiate for me to assign a rating for this book based on the merits of the psychological assesment made by the author, consequently, I am rating this book as a reflection of how much did I like it. I will give four stars to this book just because it is intricate and difficult to digest.