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Journal of Psychiatric Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000445248.31177.4b
COLUMNS: Psychotherapy

The Idol Beneath the Altar

CLEMENS, NORMAN A. MD

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Abstract

Drawing on the imagery of a Mayan idol hidden beneath the altar of a Catholic mission church imposed on a Mayan city by Spanish conquerors, the author discusses the role of deeply rooted core beliefs that are not always evident on the surface—and the observation that, in clinical practice, things are not always as they seem. Psychotherapists may unconsciously be seen as invading cultural enemies. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2014;20:138–140)

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