University of Bern

University of Bern

This is the Main Building of the university. Not SO old, actually – built in 1903 in the Historicist style that is everywhere in Vienna and also Budapest – although the university itself dates back to 1500, and has its origins in the Reformation. I met in a much more modern building this afternoon with a small group of doctoral students today who have an interest in pastoral theology and Seelsorge, to talk about relational psychoanalysis, intersubjectivity, and multiplicity. It was a good time with the students, led by PhD student Anja Michel – who my SPT colleagues will remember came and stayed with me in Atlanta last June to attend the Society for Pastoral Theology meeting – and yodeled! She raised a number of thought-provoking questions especially re: comparisons between the use of metaphor and narrative, and the possible limits of the “use of self” by the therapist.

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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