Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 205–218

Spiritual Psychotherapy for Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities: Some Theoretical Building Blocks

  • Willem H. J. Martens

DOI: 10.1023/A:1023973603441

Cite this article as:
Martens, W.H.J. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy (2003) 33: 205. doi:10.1023/A:1023973603441


Until now a profound theoretical model for spiritual psychotherapy, which is constructed specifically for nonreligious antisocial and psychopathic patients who have spiritual and philosophical interests, is missing. In this paper some important theoretical issues with respect to spiritual psychotherapy for antisocial and psychopathic patients will be discussed such as the links between spirituality on one hand and authenticity, vanity; emotional, moral, and social capacity; reality testing; creativity; and faith in life on the other. Furthermore, the spiritual psychotherapist's attitude towards his or her patients will be explored.

antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) psychopathy spirituality psychotherapy 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem H. J. Martens
    • 1
  1. 1.W. Kahn Institute of Theoretical Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Beatrixstraat 45, 3921 BN ElstUtrechtThe Netherlands

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