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Freedom Freed by Hope

A Conversation with Johann B. Metz and William F. Lynch on the ‘Identity Crisis’ in the West

Alberto Dominguez Munaiz

A hopeless individual is more vulnerable and is threatened with indifference, meaninglessness, apathy, anxiety, stress, and despair. Are there symptoms of this in the West? Is it an individual phenomenon or has it been historically-culturally transmitted?

This book analyzes, from an interdisciplinary perspective (psychology, sociology, neuroscience, philosophy, theology), how hope contributes to forming a mentally healthy and mature identity. But what hope? Is this just for moments of despair? Can hope free imagination, enlarge desires and rehabilitate the zest for life? Is there a phenomenology of hope?

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List of Tables and Figures


List of Table and Figures

Tab. 1:Epigenetic Principle

Tab. 2:Epigenetic Representation of Psychological Crises

Tab. 3:Three Organisms in the Self

Tab. 4:Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Development

Fig. 1:Ideal Identity

Fig. 2:Diagram of Relations between Collectivities

Fig. 3:Emotional Identity

Fig. 4:Comparison of Ideal Identity (Left, Brown) and Emotional Identity (Right, Blue)

Fig. 5:Oscillation Graph Comparison

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