Professor Gunnar Karlsson
Psychoanalysis and its relationship to spiritual experiences

From a psychoanalytic point of view it is well established that an early development of a sense of self is crucial to a person’s healthy development. At the same time the psychoanalytic process can to a large extent be described as a deconstruction of narcissistic and illusionary apprehensions of oneself. With this as a background I want to discuss the notion of self within a psychoanalytic perspective in relationship to the meaning of Self and No-Self within the spiritual tradition. To what extent can a psychoanalytic process put us in contact with the ultimate ground of existence?