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Author Kroll, Jerome
Title The Mystic Mind : The Psychology of Medieval Mystics and Ascetics
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2005
©2005
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Descript 1 online resource (289 pages)
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Note Book cover -- Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- 1 Introduction -- Part I Psychology and biology -- 2 Heroic asceticism and self-injurious behavior -- 3 Mysticism and altered states of consciousness -- 4 Pain and laceration of the flesh -- 5 Sleep deprivation -- 6 Fasting and starvation -- Part II History -- 7 Historical methods -- 8 Pathways to holiness -- 9 Radegund -- 10 Beatrice of nazareth -- 11 Beatrice of ornacieux -- 12 Henry suso -- 13 Mental illness, hysteria, and mysticism -- 14 Conclusion -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
A fascinating collaboration between a medieval historian and a professor of psychiatry, this enthralling book applies modern biological and psychological research findings to the lives of medieval mystics and ascetics. Drawing upon a database of over 1,400 medieval holy persons and in-depth studies of individual saints, this illuminating study examines the relationship between medieval mystical experiences, the religious practices of mortification; laceration of the flesh, sleep deprivation and extreme starvation, and how these actions  produced altered states of consciousness and brain function in the heroic ascetics. Examining and disputing much contemporary writing about the political and gender motivations in the medieval quest for a closeness with God, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in medieval religion or the effects of self-injurious behaviour on the mind
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Kroll, Jerome The Mystic Mind : The Psychology of Medieval Mystics and Ascetics London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2005 9780415340502
Subject Asceticism - Psychology
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Alt Author Bachrach, Bernard
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