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Introduction to Psychology of Religion (Michael Nielsen) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2013) 9781847060648
Introduction to Psychology of Religion (Michael Nielsen) Paperback Book, (Continuum, 2013) 9781847060648
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Title: Introduction to Psychology of Religion

Author: Nielsen, Michael

Publisher: Continuum International Pub Inc; Publication Date: 2013

Paperback; ISBN: 9781847060648

Volumes: 1; Pages: 224

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In this new textbook the student of psychology and of religion will find an indispensable resource.

Michael Nielsen connects the broader field of psychology to the psychology of religion, while at the same time recognizing specific areas of focus emphasized in psychological research on religion.

The first nine chapters examines how major sub-fields in psychology are relevant to religious experience and cover topics including classic theoretical positions, developmental psychology, and religion and mental health. In the final chapters topics that are relatively unique to the psychology of religion are covered, such as mysticism, conversion and ritual.

Throughout, contemporary research and theory from around the world are emphasized, but each chapter places the subject in its historical psychological context.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I: Psychology and Religion: Psychological Theories and Fields

2. Biological psychology

3. Experimental psychology and religion

4. Developmental psychology

5. Personality

6. Health, stress and coping

7. Psychological disorders

8. Therapies

9. Social behavior

Part II: Topics in the Psychology of Religion

10. Conversion

11. Mysticism

12. Religious ritual and behavior

13. Moral behavior

14. Psychology and Eastern Religions

15. Meaning and worldview

16. Conclusion

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