The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

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Knopf, 1964 - 336 páginas
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In 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II. The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Their extraordinary meeting and the two years they spent in one another's company serves as the basis for an investigation into the nature of human identity, belief, and delusion that is poignant, amusing, and at times disturbing. Rokeach draws us into the lives of three troubled and profoundly different men who find themselves "confronted with the ultimate contradiction conceivable for human beings: more than one person claiming the same identity." From Amazon description.

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Fascinating not as a psychological experiment, and, due to the insuperable solipsism of schizophrenia, only somewhat as a study in group dynamics, I enjoyed this unique book for the wealth of wild and ... Leer reseña completa

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The background story of this is intriguing and interesting— three men with different backgrounds, each believing they‘re Christ, are intentionally brought together in several group meetings, where ... Leer reseña completa

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