Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Second Edition

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Widely regarded as the definitive reference, this volume comprehensively examines the psychological processes associated with religion and spirituality. Leading scholars from multiple psychological subdisciplines present developmental, cognitive, social psychological, cultural, and clinical perspectives on this core aspect of human experience. The forms and functions of religious practices and rituals, conversion experiences, and spiritual struggles are explored. Other key topics include religion as a meaning system, religious influences on prosocial and antisocial behavior, and connections to health, coping, and psychotherapy.

New to This Edition
*Two chapters on cross-cultural issues.
*Chapters on spiritual goals, emotional values, and mindfulness.
*Reflects significant theoretical and empirical developments in the field.
*Many new authors and extensively revised chapters.
*Robust index amplifies the volume's usefulness as a reference tool.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 698 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2 edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146251006X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462510061
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on December 2, 2015
By Amazon Customer
It is really useful if you want to know the ground basics of this area of investigation

Five Stars

 on April 20, 2015
By Kirsten
Another great edition by Paloutzian and Park!

This text was a class requirement and I enjoyed reading most chapters

 on January 3, 2015
By Glenda Dickonson
This text was a class requirement and I enjoyed reading most chapters. Although I liked it, I didn’t give it 5 stars because a few chapters were disappointing.

Psychology and Religion Brings Updates an Important Field

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 6, 2015
By Geoff W Sutton
As I write this review, world leaders, both secular and religious, have attempted to separate the heinous actions of murderous groups identifying with religion from the majority of people who practice their religion in peaceful ways. As the editors observe, the importance of religion and spirituality hardly needs justification. The editors and authors of the 33 chapters clearly focus their attention on a psychological perspective but they do not ignore the contributions from sociologists and anthropologists in a focus on two meta-themes, which the editors propose to take scholars beyond the endless attempts at formulating definitions of the terms religion and spirituality. The first meta-theme views the study of religion in the context of meaning systems, which enable people to integrate their beliefs, feelings, and behavior with the ongoing stream of information one encounters in life. The second meta-theme is an affirmation of a “multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm,” which encourages researchers to examine any topic at any level of analysis in an effort to build a richer understanding. In this view, there is a place for the neuroscientist to examine the role of neurochemistry and neuro-anatomy in religious experience as well as for the scientist collecting thematic material by interviewing practitioners about their experiences wherever they worship or practice their faith.

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