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Religious Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
East Meets West





ISBN 9780789012371
Published May 24, 2002 by Routledge
450 Pages

 
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Book Description

Integrate spiritual traditions with psychological healing!

In this fascinating volume, clinical practitioners of different religious traditions examine the same clinical case, offering insights, interventions, and explanations of transformation and healing. This practical approach allows them to explore broader issues of personality theory and psychology from the perspectives of various spiritual traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Religious Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy addresses both the practical issues of doing psychotherapy and the deeper need to relate psychology and theology. After providing a thorough introduction to the spiritual tradition, each author presents a critical psychological theory of personality and psychotherapy grounded in that tradition. The authors address the questions of what it means to be a person, what causes human distress, and how individuals experience healing.

Religious Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy offers profound insights into the urgent issues of human suffering and psychological transformation, including:

  • theories of personality structure and human motivation
  • the nature of experience and processes of change
  • the dialectical relation of theology and psychology
  • convergences and difference among the religious psychologies

    Marrying theory and practice, spirit and psyche, Religious Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy offers profound insights and effective interventions. Mental health professionals, clergy, and scholars in religion, cross-cultural studies, personality, counseling, and psychotherapy will find this breakthrough book a life-changing experience and an invaluable resource.

Table of Contents

  • About the Editor
  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Objectives of This Book
  • Underlying Assumptions
  • Separation of Psychology and Religion
  • Apologetic Function of Theology
  • Critical Theory and a Method of Critical Correlation
  • Organization of This Book
  • Chapter 1. Hindu Psychology and the Bhagavad Gita
  • Introduction
  • Personality Theory
  • Theory of Distress
  • Theory of Therapy
  • Practice of Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Points of Dialogue
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 2. A Buddhist Psychology
  • Introduction
  • Personality Theory
  • Theory of Distress
  • Theory of Therapy
  • Practice of Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Points of Dialogue
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 3. Taoism and Psychology
  • Introduction
  • Personality Theory
  • Theory of Distress
  • Theory of Therapy
  • Practice of Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Points of Dialogue
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 4. Jewish Anthropology: The Stuff Between
  • Introduction
  • Personality Theory
  • Theory of Distress
  • Theory of Therapy
  • Practice of Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Points of Dialogue
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 5. Christian Humanism
  • Introduction
  • Personality Theory
  • Theory of Distress
  • Theory of Therapy
  • Practice of Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Points of Dialogue
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 6. Islamic Psychology
  • Introduction
  • Personality Theory
  • Theory of Distress
  • Theory of Therapy
  • Practice of Therapy
  • Evaluation
  • Points of Dialogue
  • Case Study
  • Chapter 7. Convergence and Divergence
  • Personality Theory
  • Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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