Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 55, Issue 5, pp 551–569 | Cite as

Augustine’s Confessions: The Story of a Divided Self and the Process of Its Unification

  • Donald CappsEmail author
Original Paper


This article takes up William James’ observation that Saint Augustine is “a classic example” of the discordant personality or divided self, and employs E. R. Dodd’s equally classic (1927–28) article on Augustine’s “spiritual maladjustment” to explore the psychological bases, especially parental, for Augustine’s discordant personality, and to evaluate the effectiveness of Augustine’s efforts to overcome the discordancy through a personal religious conversion.


Augustine William James Divided self E. R. Dodds Conversion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton Theological SeminaryPrincetonUSA

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