Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Second Edition

Author: Raymond F. Paloutzian,Crystal L. Park

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462520537

Category: Psychology

Page: 698

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Paloutzian (experimental and social psychology, Westmont College) and Park (psychology, U. of Connecticut) provide a 33-chapter handbook on the psychology of religion and spirituality, for social and clinical psychologists, pastoral counselors, and students and researchers in psychology and religious studies. Psychologists and a few religious studies specialists from the US and some countries in Europe address the foundations, including definitions, core issues, measurement assessment, research methods, psychodynamic psychology and religion, and evolutionary psychology as a foundation for the psychology of religion; religious and spiritual development across the lifespan; and the neural and cognitive bases of religion and connections to emotion, personality, culture, and social behavior. They discuss religious practices and rituals, conversion experiences, prayer, spiritual struggles, fundamentalism, forgiveness, values, and morality, and implications for individual and collective well-being in terms of health, mental health, coping, psychotherapy, workplace spirituality research, terrorism, and other areas. New topics in this edition include cross-cultural issues, spiritual goals, emotional values, and mindfulness. Most chapters have been redesigned or rewritten, with 25 new and eight revised chapters. The main themes of the book are more integrated, and the introductory and concluding chapters argue that the application of religious meaning systems and the multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm can allow reconceptualization of the field and expand research. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

Psychology of Spirituality

From Divided Self to Integrated Self

Author: Hossain B. Danesh

Publisher: Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd

ISBN: 9788120721326

Category: Psychology

Page: 270

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This book is written for those who ask difficult questions: What is the nature of human reality? What is the purpose of human life? What is love? What is reality? What is the secret of happiness? Do we have free will? Is transcendence real? Through case histories, in-depth analyses, and practical examples, the book offers new ways of addressing these and other important questions. 'The Psychology of Spirituality' demonstrates that life can, in fact, be good, happy and fruitful, and that we human beings are, indeed, noble beings only if we knew.

The Psychology of Spirituality

An Introduction

Author: Larry Culliford

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857004918

Category: Psychology

Page: 256

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Spirituality is increasingly accepted as integral to human psychology, vital for physical and mental health. The Psychology of Spirituality is an accessible book that introduces the relationship between spirituality and psychology. The author sets out what spirituality is, the values it represents and how it can contribute to mental health and wellbeing. He then illustrates how knowledge of spirituality can provide a deeper understanding of people’s problems and can help them develop resilience and aid recovery. With reference to a new holistic or ‘psycho-spiritual’ paradigm, the book then covers stages of spiritual development: from having natural spiritual awareness in early childhood to the waning of interest in later childhood; largely conforming to group mentality in adolescence before discovering individuality; and then the final journey towards full personal and emotional maturity. Finally, the author outlines practical advice on how to explore and make use of spirituality, covering a range of spiritual skills and practices, including meditation and contemplation. Each chapter includes case examples and exercises to explore the ideas covered. This book will be compelling reading for psychologists, psychiatrists, chaplains, healthcare professionals, students, and anyone wanting to understand better the role of spirituality and psychology in the lives of all.

Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality

A Cross-Cultural Analysis

Author: Heinz Streib,Ralph W. Hood, Jr.

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319212451

Category: Psychology

Page: 694

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This book examines what people mean when they say they are “spiritual”. It looks at the semantics of “spirituality”, the visibility of reasons for “spiritual” preference in biographies, in psychological dispositions, in cultural differences between Germany and the US, and in gender differences. It also examines the kind of biographical consequences that are associated with “spirituality”. The book reports the results of an online-questionnaire filled out by 773 respondents in Germany and 1113 in the US, personal interviews with a selected group of more than 100 persons, and an experiment. Based on the data collected, it reports results that are relevant for a number of scientific and practical disciplines. It makes a contribution to the semantics of everyday religious language and to the cross-cultural study of religion and to many related fields as well, because “spirituality” is evaluated in relation to personality, mysticism, well-being, religious styles, generativity, attachment, biography and atheism. The book draws attention to the – new and ever changing – ways in which people give names to their ultimate concern and symbolize their experiences of transcendence.

Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Author: Raymond F. Paloutzian,Crystal L. Park

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1572309229

Category: Psychology

Page: 590

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This comprehensive volume synthesizes the breath of current knowledge on the psychological processes underlying spirituality, religious behavior, and religious experience.

The Leap

The Psychology of Spiritual Awakening

Author: Steve Taylor

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 1608684482

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 320

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What does it mean to be enlightened or spiritually awakened? In The Leap, Steve Taylor shows that this state is much more common than is generally believed. He shows that ordinary people — from all walks of life — can and do regularly “wake up” to a more intense reality, even if they know nothing about spiritual practices and paths. Wakefulness is a more expansive and harmonious state of being that can be cultivated or that can arise accidentally. It may also be a process we are undergoing collectively. Drawing on his years of research as a psychologist and on his own experiences, Taylor provides what is perhaps the clearest psychological study of the state of wakefulness ever published. Above all, he reminds us that it is our most natural state — accessible to us all, anytime, anyplace.

The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality for Clinicians

Using Research in Your Practice

Author: Jamie Aten,Kari O'Grady,Everett Worthington, Jr.

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135224366

Category: Psychology

Page: 422

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Many therapists and counselors find themselves struggling to connect the research on the psychology of religion and spirituality to their clinical practice. This book will address this issue, providing a valuable resource for clinicians that will help translate basic research findings into useful clinical practice strategies. The editors and chapter authors, all talented and respected scholar-clinicians, offer a practical and functional understanding of the empirical literature on the psychology of religion and spirituality of, while at the same time outlining clinical implications, assessments, and strategies for counseling and psychotherapy. Chapters cover such topics as religious and spiritual identity, its development, and its relationship with one’s personality; client God images; spiritually transcendent experiences; forgiveness and reconciliation; and religion and spirituality in couples and families. Each concludes with clinical application questions and suggestions for further reading. This book is a must-read for all those wishing to ground their clinical work in an empirical understanding of the role that religion and spirituality plays in the lives of their clients.

Integrating Psychology and Spirituality?

Author: Richard L. Gorsuch

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275973728

Category: Psychology

Page: 189

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Gorsuch seeks to provide a thoughtful introduction to relating spirituality and psychology in a postmodern era. Psychology provides an empirical base for many of the discussions. In addition he develops two methods of dialoging or integrating psychology and spirituality.

Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality

Author: James M. Nelson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387875727

Category: Psychology

Page: 731

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Over a century ago, psychologists who were fascinated with religion began to study and write about it. Theologians and religious practitioners have responded to this literature, producing a fascinating dialogue that deals with our fundamental und- standings about the human person and our place in the world. This book provides an introduction to the important conversations that have developed out of these interchanges. The dialogue between psychology and religion is difficult to study for a number of reasons. First, it requires knowledge of both psychology and religion. People with a background in psychology often lack a solid understanding of the religious traditions they wish to study, and theologians may not be up to date on the latest developments in psychology. Second, it requires conceptual tools to organize the material and understand the basic problems involved in any attempt to connect the science of psychology with religion. These concepts can be found in many places, for instance in the writings of philosophers of science, but they are complex and often hard to follow for those without a proper theological and philosophical ba- ground. Finally, authors who write on the topic come to the study of psychology and religion from a variety of academic and personal backgrounds. This makes for wonderful diversity in conversations, but it makes understanding and mastery of the material quite difficult.

The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Author: Lisa J. Miller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199729921

Category: Psychology

Page: 634

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Postmaterial spiritual psychology posits that consciousness can contribute to the unfolding of material events and that the human brain can detect broad, non-material communications. In this regard, this emerging field of postmaterial psychology marks a stark departure from psychology's traditional quantum measurements and tenets. The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality codifies the leading empirical evidence in the support and application of postmaterial psychological science. Sections in this volume include: - personality and social psychology factors and implications - spiritual development and culture - spiritual dialogue, prayer, and intention in Western mental health - Eastern traditions and psychology - physical health and spirituality - positive psychology - scientific advances and applications related to spiritual psychology With chapters from leading scholars in psychology, medicine, physics, and biology, The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality is an interdisciplinary reference for a rapidly emerging approach to contemporary science. This overarching work provides both a foundation and a roadmap for what is truly a new ideological age.

Paradox

The Psychology of Spirituality

Author: Daniel J. Christiano Ph.D.

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781462088409

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 130

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We are all unique individuals created in the image of God, and yet we struggle daily to live our lives as part of a community, be it a family, a workgroup, or even a church group. This paradox, like the four others illustrated in Paradox: the Psychology of Spirituality, along with all of the relationships we have and the ways in which they run often cause significant psychological and emotional difficulties that prevent us from living productively in community situations. These issues also hinder the development of our spirituality, our ability to recognize our place as sacred beings and our fulfillment in the depth of our relationship with God.

The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: From the Inside Out

Author: Timothy Sisemore

Publisher: Wiley Global Education

ISBN: 1119175380

Category: Psychology

Page: 392

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The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: From the Inside Out, by Timothy Sisemore, provides and introduction to the field of the psychology of religion and spirituality utilizing a mixed method approach allowing persons of faith (and one who is an atheist) to give voice to their experience to supplement the quantitative research that has been done in the field. This text honors the value of religion and spirituality in the lives of the majority of humans while acknowledging the weakness and problems that come with faith as well.

Paradox

The Psychology of Spirituality Workbook

Author: Daniel J. Christiano

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469722291

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 114

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We are all unique individuals created in the image of God, and yet we struggle daily to live our lives as part of a community, be it a family, a workgroup, or even a church group. This paradox, like the four others illustrated in Paradox: the Psychology of Spirituality, along with all of the relationships we have and the ways in which they run often cause significant psychological and emotional difficulties that prevent us from living productively in community situations. These issues also hinder the development of our spirituality, our ability to recognize our place as sacred beings and our fulfillment in the depth of our relationship with God. This is a workbook that accompanies the textbook of the same name and is used to journal the journey toward greater fulfillment through questions and self reflection.

Psychology, Religion and Spirituality

Author: David Fontana

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9781405108065

Category: Religion

Page: 270

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At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualise and practise religion at both personal and social levels. At a time when religious fundamentalism is having a huge impact upon the world, this book helps us to understand how people acquire, conceptualise and practise religion at both personal and social levels. Explores religion both as a social phenomenon and as a form of inner experience. Explains why people believe what they do. Looks at the effects of religious and spiritual belief upon behaviour, and upon physical and psychological health. Outlines the various approaches to religious and spiritual experience. Surveys all relevant research.

Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Third Edition

Author: Raymond F. Paloutzian

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 146252754X

Category: Psychology

Page: 428

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The leading undergraduate psychology of religion text, this engaging book synthesizes cutting-edge theories and findings into an accessible account enlivened by personal reflections and contemporary examples. Raymond F. Paloutzian offers an authoritative overview of theoretical and empirical foundations; experiential, developmental, personality, and sociocultural dimensions of religion and spirituality; and clinical implications. Students are also given food for thought about bigger questions--how religion influences their own lives; what beliefs or values they hold most dear; and how to live in a multicultural, multireligious world. Each chapter opens with a brief topic outline and concludes with "Take-Home Messages" and suggestions for further reading. New to This Edition: *Reflects many years of scientific and theoretical advances. *Chapters on psychological theories, personality, and physical health. *New organizing concepts: religious meaning systems and the multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm. *Additional pedagogical features, including end-of-chapter "Take-Home Messages" and engaging topic boxes. *Descriptions of cutting-edge research methods. *Increased attention to multicultural issues.

Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality

Author: Peter C. Hill,Bryan J. Dik

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1617356646

Category: Psychology

Page: 271

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This book, the first of a groundbreaking series, provides a solid theoretical and empirical grounding from the psychology of religion and spirituality to the emerging field of workplace spirituality. Leading researchers in the psychology of religion have contributed uptodate reviews within their areas of expertise to help guide the emergence of this exciting new discipline. Each chapter is written with the workplace researcher in mind. Not only is the relevant literature from the psychology of religion reviewed, but it is also made relevant to the workplace setting. The religious and spiritual aspects of such topics as meaning making, emotional resilience, sense of calling, coping with stress, occupational health and wellbeing, and leadership, among others are discussed within the context of work life. Surely researchers interested in workplace spirituality will keep this book, as well as others in the series, within arm’s reach for years to come.

The Kelee

An Understanding of the Psychology of Spirituality

Author: Ron Rathbun

Publisher: Quiescence Pub

ISBN: 9780964351974

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 376

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The Kelee, an electrochemical field of energy that exists within everyone, brings together an understanding of the intimate connection between psychology and spirituality. It can help people open their hearts and learn to accept themselves.

The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns

Motivation and Spirituality in Personality

Author: Robert A. Emmons

Publisher: Guilford Publication

ISBN: 9781572309357

Category: Medical

Page: 230

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What gives meaning to life? Of all the aims that people strive for, which ones really matter? Proposing that personal goals are what make life meaningful, valuable, and worth living, this volume explores the role played by spirituality and religion in investing goals with significance. Bringing to the fore a profound aspect of many people's lives that is often neglected by scientific investigators, this book will be read with interest by students and scholars of personality, motivation, health psychology, the psychology of religion, and theology, as well as practitioners and students of counseling and psychotherapy. It serves as a unique primary or supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

The Psychology of Mature Spirituality

Integrity, Wisdom, Transcendence

Author: Polly Young-Eisendrath,Melvin Miller

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134681631

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

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At the threshold of the 21st Century many people are faced with a spiritual dilemma, where neither secularism nor religion seem adequate. The Psychology of Mature Spirituality addresses this dilemma. In each of the book's three sections - integrity, wisdom, and transcendence - distinguished contributors describe and analyse a mature form of spirituality that will be a hallmark of future years. This timely volume will appeal to those involved in psychology, psychoanalysis and religious studies.

Fire in the Soul

A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism

Author: Joan Borysenko

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0759520704

Category: Psychology

Page: 300

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The author of the New York Times bestseller Minding the Body, Mending the Mind reveals the power of spiritual optimism: a philosophy that sees life crises as opportunities for personal growth and spiritual transformation.