An examination of the thinking, personality, and development processes as well as clinical concerns of clients who are members of particular religious groups. Provides an in-depth look at the way religious upbringing influences people in ways that are difficult or impossible to describe. In addition, it examines possible future religious development as spiritualism begins to replace institutional religion and as religious choice replaces religious constraint.
Reviewer:Michael S. Goldsby, PhD(Zeno Corporation)
Description:The authors have drawn together the collective wisdom and unique perspectives of experts from a wide array of religious faiths to provide an insider's view on faith and psychology in this appropriately titled book. It offers distinctive insights into how people of faith assimilate their religious expression with their distinct psychological world view.
Purpose:The purpose of this unique book is to examine the psychological assumptions, both tacit and explicit, that lie behind different religions. In doing so, the authors hope to provide psychotherapists with a greater understanding of their religious clients. Experts who are themselves committed members of their respective faith traditions have been brought together for the purpose of providing an in-depth overview of what therapists need to know about the individual faith, cultural, and psychological foundations and beliefs of their patients.
Audience:Psychologists and other mental health therapists will find the information on faith and diverse religious beliefs extremely useful when working with religious clients. More specifically, the authors believe that studying religions can further prepare psychologists, especially applied psychologists, to better accommodate religious differences encountered among those with whom they work. Therefore, this book is written in a specific idiom and in such a manner as to be of use in an applied setting for those clinical practitioners who work with religious clients.
Features:The book introduces a number of different religious categories other than those used in previous books, which is necessary considering that contemporary American religion is extremely diverse and complex. Chapter contributors were sought who could bring duel experience regarding expertise about a particular religion as well as psychological sophistication to each of their chapters. Eight domains are discussed by these experts in each chapter: introduction to the religion; epistemological tools; theory of personality; theory of human development; theory of psychological health and pathology; theory of human change; common moral issues; and common ethical issues.
Assessment:This insightful book provides what has been missing so far in any number of books on psychology and various aspects of religion: an explanation of the thinking, personality, and development process, as well as clinical concerns of clients who are members of particular religious groups. The authors have successfully advanced scholarly attention to the subject by providing the most up-to-date, definitive book on religion and the psychologies thus far.