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September 26, 2014 – Paul Vitz

A conversation with Dr. Paul C. Vitz about his conversion. Raised Protestant, Paul was an nonbeliever for many years before his conversion to Catholicism. Dr. Vitz is Senior Scholar /Professor of Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and for many years he was Professor of Psychology at New York University where he is now Professor Emeritus. At IPS he is part of its new free standing graduate Psychology program which trains students in psychotherapy and counseling, and awards the Doctor of Psychology and Master of Science degrees.  IPS is devoted to training professional psychologists in a way that integrates Catholic Christian concepts and contemporary psychology, respecting the integrity of each domain. His areas of special interest include psychology of the person and the self, the psychology of fatherhood and family, the psychology of the virtues, and the psychology of hatred and forgiveness. He is the author of several books, and numerous articles. Books include Psychology as Religion: The cult of self worship. 2nd ed. 1994; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism 1999 (rev. ed. 2013 published by Ignatius Press); Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious. And with S. Felch, The Self: Beyond the Post-Modern Crisis. (2006)  Dr. Vitz is married to Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz, Professor of French at New York University. They now live in Arlington, Virginia and have six children and 16 grandchildren.