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Did Christianity lead to schizophrenia? Psychosis, psychology and self reference.

Littlewood, R; Dein, S; (2013) Did Christianity lead to schizophrenia? Psychosis, psychology and self reference. Transcult Psychiatry , 50 (3) pp. 397-420. 10.1177/1363461513489681. Green open access

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Abstract

Both geographically and historically, schizophrenia may have emerged from a psychosis that was more florid, affective, labile, shorter lived and with a better prognosis. It is conjectured that this has occurred with a reflexive self-consciousness in Western and globalising societies, a development whose roots lie in Christianity. Every theology also presents a psychology. Six novel aspects of Christianity may be significant for the emergence of schizophrenia-an omniscient deity, a decontexualised self, ambiguous agency, a downplaying of immediate sensory data, and a scrutiny of the self and its reconstitution in conversion.

Type: Article
Title: Did Christianity lead to schizophrenia? Psychosis, psychology and self reference.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1363461513489681
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363461513489681
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2013. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page(http://www.uk.sagepub.com/aboutus/openaccess.htm).
Keywords: Christianity conversion; indigenous psychology; proprioception; proto-schizophrenia; schizophrenia; self;
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1369142
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