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Judeo-Christian Perspectives on Psychology : Human Nature, Motivation, and Change - William R. Miller

Judeo-Christian Perspectives on Psychology

Human Nature, Motivation, and Change

By: William R. Miller (Editor), Harold D. Delaney (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781591471615
Number Of Pages: 336

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This volume is a further step in the dialogue between psychology and religion. The central question is how psychology's understanding of human nature might be informed, altered, or expanded by historic Judeo-Christian perspectives. 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. Thoughtful reflections on the interface of psychology with the dominant religious perspective of our culture, by well-respected senior scientists and practitioners, may be a helpful step in bridging this gap. This book will hopefully enhance cooperation and collaboration between psychologists and faith-based individuals and groups, and encourage consideration of the spiritual as another dimension in need of study, understanding, and evaluation.

Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Foundations and Contextp. 9
What Is Human Nature? Reflections From Judeo-Christian Perspectivesp. 11
Psychology's Roots: A Brief History of the Influence of Judeo-Christian Perspectivesp. 31
The Nature of the Human Personp. 55
Self and Volitionp. 57
The Relational Self: Psychological and Theological Perspectivesp. 73
Story and Narrativep. 95
Motivation, Virtues, and Valuesp. 113
The Role of Sexuality in Personhood: An Integrative Explorationp. 115
The Meaning That Religion Offers and the Motivation That May Resultp. 133
Virtues, Vices, and Character Educationp. 145
Transformation, Change, and Developmentp. 165
Transformational Changep. 167
Emerging Models of Spiritual Development: A Foundation for Mature, Moral, and Health-Promoting Behaviorp. 185
The Effects of Religious Practices: A Focus on Healthp. 205
Intergenerational Transmission of Religiousness and Spiritualityp. 227
Spiritual Struggle: A Phenomenon of Interest to Psychology and Religionp. 245
Reflectionsp. 269
Implications of Judeo-Christian Views of Human Nature, Motivation, and Change for the Science and Practice of Psychologyp. 271
Psychology as the Science of Human Nature: Reflections and Research Directionsp. 291
Author Indexp. 309
Subject Indexp. 319
About the Editorsp. 329
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ISBN: 9781591471615
ISBN-10: 1591471613
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.9