The Resource Feet of clay : saints, sinners, and madmen : a study of gurus, Anthony Storr

Feet of clay : saints, sinners, and madmen : a study of gurus, Anthony Storr

Label
Feet of clay : saints, sinners, and madmen : a study of gurus
Title
Feet of clay
Title remainder
saints, sinners, and madmen : a study of gurus
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Storr
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In his classic work, Solitude, internationally acclaimed author and psychiatrist Anthony Storr probed our basic and often unmet need for solitude, especially emphasizing its relation to creativity. In Music and the Mind, Storr explored the fundamental human need for music, demonstrating its ability to reunite the mind and body. Now, in Feet of Clay, Storr again provides a fresh perspective into one of the most potentially dangerous human needs, the need for certitude. In vivid portraits of some of history's most intriguing gurus, from David Koresh to Freud and Jung to Jesus, Storr examines why we are so enthralled with certain dogmatic figures who play on our need for certainty
  • Gurus are extraordinary individuals who cast doubt upon current psychiatric distinctions between sanity and madness. Because gurus are charismatic figures who are gifted teachers, they recruit disciples who adopt the guru's vision as their own. The guru convinces others that he knows, a persuasive capacity which can bring illumination but which may end in disaster. Storr demonstrates that most of us harbor irrational beliefs, and he discusses how the human wish for certainty in an insecure world leads to our confusing delusion with truth. Storr reveals how the adoration for the guru can so easily corrupt him and explains why certain gurus become moral parasites while others become spiritual beacons
Dewey number
291.6/1
Index
index present
LC call number
BL72
LC item number
.S76 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Feet of clay : saints, sinners, and madmen : a study of gurus, Anthony Storr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
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Contents
I. Paranoid Enclosures -- II. Georgei Ivanovitch Gurdjieff -- III. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh -- IV. Rudolf Steiner -- V. Carl Gustav Jung -- VI. Sigmund Freud -- VII. The Jesuit and Jesus -- VIII. Sanity and Insanity -- IX. Chaos and Order -- X. Delusion and Faith -- XI. To Whom Shall We Turn?
Control code
000012241238
Extent
p. cm
Isbn
9780684828183
Lccn
96011884
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.b17506980
System control number
  • C01107776378
  • (OCoLC)34410087

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