download pdf The Mystic MindThe Psychology of Medieval Mystics and AsceticsAuthor Jerome Kroll –

A Fascinating Collaboration Between A Medieval Historian And A Professor Of Psychiatry, This Enthralling Book Applies Modern Biological And Psychological Research Findings To The Lives Of Medieval Mystics And Ascetics Drawing Upon A Database Of Over , Medieval Holy Persons And In Depth Studies Of Individual Saints, This Illuminating Study Examines The Relationship Between Medieval Mystical Experiences, The Religious Practices Of Mortification Laceration Of The Flesh, Sleep Deprivation And Extreme Starvation, And How These Actions Produced Altered States Of Consciousness And Brain Function In The Heroic Ascetics Examining And Disputing Much Contemporary Writing About The Political And Gender Motivations In The Medieval Quest For A Closeness With God, This Is Essential Reading For Anyone With An Interest In Medieval Religion Or The Effects Of Self Injurious Behaviour On The Mind I appreciated how well this nonfiction book discussed the problems of diagnosing people from past with criteria that comes from 20 21st centuries It is a good mixture of psychological analysis and historical research. wanted to be interested, but it was really dry