Understanding the religious ideation of forensically committed patients.
ABSTRACT Provides help for clinicians working with forensically committed, mentally ill patients. The article is designed to help clinicians to think therapeutically and psychoanalytically about a wide variety of religious ideation often found in such patients. Case material and conceptualizations are offered to enhance an understanding of the following functions of religious ideation: (a) religious delusions as motivations for violence; (b) religious distortions as justifications for violence; (c) religious ideas as expressions of intrapsychic dynamics; and (d) authentic religious beliefs as defenses and resources. The article suggests that working directly with religious material can be an avenue to deeper understanding of the patient's psychic life and thus a path toward therapeutic growth and change. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Article: The birth of the living God
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ABSTRACT: In courts across the country, judges depend on mental health experts to determine whether mentally disordered people are dangerous. But experts' ability to predict violence is severely limited, and they are wrong as often as they are right. This study reviews two decades of research on mental disorder and offers new empirical and theoretical work that will pave the way for more accurate predictions of violent behavior. "Essential for all those who are interested in the study of risk assessment of violence. It is particularly important for the researcher in this area. . . . For the clinician who must make violence assessments it is important reading as well."âStewart Levine, Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the LawBibliovault OAI Repository, the University of Chicago Press.