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Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. holds his doctorate in clinical psychology and is licensed as a psychologist (PSY 13274) in the state of California. He completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology. Previous to his doctoral degree he earned an M.A. in religious studies, an M.S.E. in counseling, and an M.S. in clinical psychology. During the course of his clinical education he received training in Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, hypnosis, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. His clinical experience encompasses crisis intervention; treatment for childhood emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; trauma and PTSD evaluation and treatment; and treatment of psychotic, mood, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Richmond has written and maintains two public-service websites about the practice of clinical psychology; the websites have no user fees or advertising.


Psychological Healing in the Catholic Mystic Tradition

Authored by Raymond Lloyd Richmond Ph.D.
Edition: 2


A revised and expanded version of the 2006 First Edition.

You cannot surrender your pain and suffering to God if deep in your heart you persist in clinging to psychological defense mechanisms which shield you from that very pain.

There is nothing wrong with psychological defenses. In fact, they help to protect us from emotional injury. But if you cling to the defense mechanisms that were created in your childhood and carry them on into adulthood—as most everyone does unconsciously—your quest for spiritual healing will be thwarted by overwhelming resentments and conflicts.

Still, God has been trying to show you that there is more to life than resentment and conflict, something so beautiful and desirable that only one thing can resist its pull: hate.

So now, and in every moment until you die, you will have a profound choice between your enslavement to old defenses and the beauty of God. That decision has to come from you. You will go where you desire.



Part One
The Unconscious | Victimization | Spiritual Purgation | Compunction | Healing | Four Steps to Humility | Fear | Wretchedness | Desire and Motivation | Outside the Box | Boundaries

Part Two: Questions and Answers
Blame and Responsibility | Defenses and Illusions | Disasters and Trauma | Evil | Good from Evil | Love | Meeting Your Enemy in Heaven | Mercy | Pride and Honor | Refusing Mercy | Self-love | Sin | Suffering | Temperament

Appendix I: When You Don’t Know You’re Sick

Appendix II: Blind to Your Own Anger

Appendix III: Coping with Distractions
Introduction | Understanding, not Ignoring | The Definition of Fantasies (aka Temptations) | The Relationship Between Thoughts and Feelings | Distractions and Fantasies in General | Feelings of Darkness and Abandonment | Feelings of Stuckness and Paralysis | Sexual Fantasies | Fantasies of Grandiosity | Evil Fantasies | Self-destructive Fantasies | The Jesus Prayer | Do Not Lose Your Peace | Be Gentle With Yourself | Don’t Punish Yourself

Appendix IV: Dream Interpretation
Introduction | Freud: The Royal Road | Other Ideas | The Dream Text | The Clinical Work | Some Helpful Points | Traumatic Nightmares | Incubus and Succubus | Other Troubling Dreams

Appendix V: A List of Emotions

Appendix VI: Spiritual Fruits


Publication Date:
1483940845 / 9781483940847
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Life / Personal Growth

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