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Andrey Safronov: Psychological practices in mystic traditions: from archaic to our days

“Psychological practices in mystic traditions: from archaic to our days” by Andrey Safronov 
GROUP “RHYTHM PLUS” | 2011 | ISBN: 9789662079364 | 322 pages | PDF/epub | 5/1 MB
The book represents a complex retrospective study of psychological practices phenomenon: their targets, methods, philosophical groundings, evolution and interaction with other forms of spiritual life. It gives the first ever explanation of diff erences between religious, occult and esoteric psychopractices.

Psychological practices are shown as an integral cultural phenomenon inherent in mankind at every stage of its evolution. Particular consideration is drawn to psychological practices employed in our days. The work contemplates such issues as the role of altered state of consciousness in culture and religion, the role of religion in sociotype formation and maintenance, cultural value of esoteric psychological practices.
The book can be of interest to both theorists ? culture, religion studies and psychology experts, and corresponding sphere practicians, as well as all those interested in esotericism and non-traditional psychology.

Table of Contents
PREFACE
Section 1 CONCEPTUAL FIELD: RELIGION, RELIGIOSITY, MYSTICISM AND ESOTERICISM
1.1. Main Compounds of Religious Culture
1.1.1. Issue of Defi ning the Term ?Religion?
1.1.2. Notions ?Mysticism? and ?Mystic Experience?
1.1.3. Esoteric Systems in Religious Life-Mode
1.1.4. Approaches to Religion Study
1.2. Problem of Correlation Between Psychological and Spiritual Experiences
1.3. Religious Psychopractices as an Object of Scientifi c Analysis
1.4. Anthropological Characteristic of Religious Life Elements
Section II ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN RELIGION AND CULTURE
2.1. States Of Consciousness as a Cultural Value
2.1.1. States of Consciousness ? the History of Case Study
2.1.2. Altered States of Consciousness in Polyphasic Societies
2.2. Altered States of Consciousness And Phenomenon of Religious Beliefs
2.3. Phenomenelogy of Altered States of Consciousness
2.4. Religious Psychopractices Aimed at Getting into Altered States of Consciousness
2.5. Altered States of Consciousness and Religious Cosmogony
2.6. Altered States of Consciousness in the World of Today. Charismatic Systems in the Context of Modern Culture
Section III SOCIO-CULTURAL FUNCTIONS OF RELIGIOUS PSYCHOPRACTICES
3.1. Social Character and its Role in Culture
3.2. Religious Psychopractices and ! eir Role in Sociotype Formation and Sustention
3.2.1. Psychopractices Based upon Psycho-Somatic Infl uence
3.2.2. Cathartic Rituals
3.2.3. Psychopractices Based upon Usage of Psycho-Active Agents
3.2.4. Rituals of Brain Traumatization
3.3. Pseudo-Religious Rituals Aimed at Formation of Sociotype in Totalitarian Societies
Section IV ARCHAIC PSYCHOPRACTICES IN PRIMEVAL AND MODERN CULTURE
4.1. Collective Consciousness and its Archaic Compound
4.2. Phenomenon of Unconscious Religiosity and Secular Rituals
4.3. Psychopractices Used in Totemism
4.3.1. Totemic Initiation as a Kind of Psychopractice
4.3.2. Modern Analogues of Totemic Psychopractices
4.3.3. Nagualism
4.4. Psychopractices Used in Animism
4.4.1. Animism Basic Concepts and Rituals
4.4.2. Psychological Subject-Matter of Animism and its Psychopractices
4.5. Primeval Magic
4.5.1. Basic Concepts of Primeval Magic
4.5.2. Magic Rituals in Modern Culture
4.5.3. Primeval Magic: Psychological Aspects and Psychopractices
4.6. Social Cults. Psychopractice Employed by Authorities
4.7. Shamanism
4.7.1. Brief Characteristic of Shamanism
4.7.2. Shamanism as a System of Psychopractices
Section V ESOTERIC PSYCHOPRACTICES IN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
5.1. Anthropologic Contents of Esoteric Psychopractices
5.2. Cultural Value of Esoteric Psychopractices
5.3. Psychopractices in Indian Culture
5.3.1. Yoga
5.3.2. Tantrism
5.3.3. Psychopractices of Buddhism
5.3.3.1. Early Buddhism
5.3.3.2. Vajrayana
5.4. Psychopractices in Chinese Culture
5.4.1. Esoteric Taoism. Inner Elixir Doctrine
5.4.2. Zen
5.5. Psychopractices in Greek Cultural Tradition
5.6. Psychpractices in Christianity
5.7. Psychopractices in Islam. Sufi sm
5.8. Social Functions of Esoteric Psychopractices
Section VI RELIGION AS ANELEMENT OF MODERN CULTURE
6.1. Structure And Specifi c Features of Modern Religious Life
6.2. Specifi c Character of Religiosity of Today: Pchychological Analysis
6.3. Phenomenon of Religious Mobility
6.4. Issue of ?Destructive? and ?Totalitarian? Cults
Section VII RELIGIOUS PSYCHOPRACTICES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS IN THE CULTURES OF TODAY
7.1. Sociocultural Identifi cation in the World of Cultural Diversity
7.2. An Individual within a Religious System: Anthropological Analysis
7.2.1. Artifi cial Involvement of an Individual into Religious Organization
7.2.2. Psychological Manipulation in Religious Systems
7.2.3. Models of Personal Transformations in Religious Groups
7.3. Pseudo-Religious Psychopractices in Marginal Sub-Cultures
Section VIII PSYCHOPRACTICES IN OCCULT SYSTEMS OF TODAY
8.1. XXth Century Occult Doctrines as Specifi c Cultural and Historic Phenomenon
8.2. Relation Between Occultism and Esotericism. Occult Psychopractices in Scope of the ?Invented Tradition? Discourse
8.3. Psychological Paradigms of Modern Occultism
Section IX SOCIO?CULTURAL FUNCTIONS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY IN SOCIETY OF TODAY
9.1. Philosophic and Religious Sources of Psychotherapy
9.2. !World-Outlook and Religious Function of Psychotherapy
9.3. ?Psychological? Cults within the Context of Modern Religious Culture
9.4. Socio-Cultural Functions of Psychotherapy in Modern Social Environment
CONCLUSIONS
REFERENCED LITERATURE

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