Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 516–526 | Cite as

Beyond Co-Existence to Mutual Influence: An Interdisciplinary Method for Psychoanalysis and Religion

  • Amy Bentley LambornEmail author
Original Paper


As the disciplines of psychoanalysis and religion find themselves in a heightened cross-disciplinary context, issues of methodology remain at the forefront. This article constructs an interdisciplinary method based on the image of psychoanalysis and religion as neighbors who border along an “intimate edge”—a space of simultaneously overlapping, yet distinct concern. Using what is termed a “hermeneutic of mischievousness,” this method maintains an interpretive location for that which preserves, transgresses, and transcends the disciplinary boundaries. The article concludes with a brief application of the method to the relationship between the “analytic third” and Christian trinitarian theology.


Interdisciplinary methodology Psychoanalysis Religion The “analytic third” Trinitarian theology Hermeneutics Dialogical method 


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© Blanton-Peale Institute 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry & ReligionUnion Theological Seminary (New York City)BronxUSA

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