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Schizophrenia, cultural marginalization, and dissocation of the body:  An application of Ernest Becker's work to psychotherapy

Schizophrenia, cultural marginalization, and dissocation of the body: An application of Ernest Becker's work to psychotherapy

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Schwartz's recent paper on schizophrenia. Click "read more" for the link to the summary/abstract and contact him if you are interested in a copy of the paper. Ernest Becker highlights the experience-limiting function of culture. Without such restriction, life, in all of its mystery and terror, is just too much for the self-conscious animal to bear. Culture has developed as a result of a need to minimize the force of life and anxiety associated with the inevitability of death. Successfully socialized individuals can envelop themselves in a death-denying and life-directing and limiting symbolic order. Read More