Judeo-Christian Perspectives on Psychology: Human Nature, Motivation, and Change

Pages: 329
Item #: 4316036
ISBN: 978-1-59147-161-5
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Copyright: 2005
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In its etymology, the word "psychology" literally means the study of the spirit or soul. Yet through much of the 20th century, psychology remained oddly divorced from spirituality and religion. While religion is an important, even central aspect of experience and identity for many people, very little has been done to incorporate this dimension of human nature into mainstream psychological theory and research. While spiritual aspects of health are familiar to many medical practitioners and in the treatment of substance use disorders, psychology as a discipline still has some catching up to do. Most mainstream psychology textbooks contain no reference to this major aspect of human life, and psychologists often maintain suspicious distance from anything religious. Similarly, some U.S. Christian groups have demonized the discipline of psychology, and actively discourage believers from seeking the services of psychologists.

The dialogue that Judeo-Christian Perspectives on Psychology represents is likely to be fruitful in several ways. First, a majority of the U.S. clients that most psychologists serve are religious (primarily Judeo-Christian) in some sense, whereas psychologists tend to be among the least religious of any professional or scientific group. Second, this book will enhance cooperation and collaboration between psychologists and faith-based individuals and groups. Third, it is astounding that the spiritual-religious side of human nature has been almost totally ignored within mainstream personality theory and assessment, and this volume will encourage consideration of the spiritual as another dimension in need of study, understanding, and evaluation. Fourth, the perspectives of three millennia of Judeo-Christian thought might more generally enrich the discipline of psychology, and bring some truly new areas of dialogue and study that were largely shunned by our discipline during the 20th century.

Table of Contents




I. Foundations and Context

  1. What Is Human Nature? Reflections From Judeo-Christian Perspectives
    —William R. Miller
  2. Psychology's Roots: A Brief History of the Influence of Judeo-Christian Perspectives
    —Harold D. Delaney and Carlo C. DiClemente

II. The Nature of the Human Person

  1. Self and Volition
    —Roy F. Baumeister
  2. The Relational Self: Psychological and Theological Perspectives
    —C. Stephen Evans
  3. Story and Narrative
    —Thomas H. Bien

III. Motivation, Virtues, and Values

  1. The Role of Sexuality in Personhood: An Integrative Exploration
    —Stanton L. Jones and Heather R. Hostler
  2. The Meaning That Religion Offers and the Motivation That May Result
    —Martin L. Maehr
  3. Virtues, Vices, and Character Education
    —Everett L. Worthington, Jr. and Jack W. Berry

IV. Transformation, Change, and Development

  1. Transformational Change
    —Stephanie Brown and William R. Miller
  2. Emerging Models of Spiritual Development: A Foundation for Mature, Moral, and Health-Promoting Behavior
    —Jared D. Kass and Susan Lennox
  3. The Effects of Religious Practices: A Focus on Health
    —Carl E. Thoresen, Doug Oman, and Alex H. S. Harris
  4. Intergenerational Transmission of Religiousness and Spirituality
    —Brenda A. Miller
  5. Spiritual Struggle: A Phenomenon of Interest to Psychology and Religion
    —Kenneth I. Pargament, Nichole A. Murray-Swank, Gina M. Magyar, and Gene G. Ano

V. Reflections

  1. Implications of Judeo-Christian Views of Human Nature, Motivation, and Change for the Science and Practice of Psychology
    —Carlo C. DiClemente and Harold D. Delaney
  2. Psychology as the Science of Human Nature: Reflections and Research Directions
    —William R. Miller and Harold D. Delaney

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Reviews & Awards

It is so rare to see a book like this. Psychology has become alienated from spirituality so this volume is really a breath of fresh air. If you are interested in learning about the weighty issues of life from an integrative approach, this book will satisfy your thirst.
—Doody Enterprises, Inc.