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Religion That Heals, Religion That Harms : A Guide for Clinical Practice - James L. Griffith

Religion That Heals, Religion That Harms

A Guide for Clinical Practice

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James L. Griffith - Recipient of the 2011 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture for Religion that Heals, Religion that Harms! From James L. Griffith, well known for his work on harnessing the healing potential of religion and spirituality, this book helps clinicians to intervene effectively in situations where religion is causing harm. Vivid examples illustrate how religious beliefs and practices may propel suicide, violence, self-neglect, or undue suffering in the face of medical or emotional challenges. Griffith also unravels the links between psychiatric illness and distorted religious experience. He demonstrates empathic, respectful ways to interview patients who disdain contact with mental health professionals, yet whose religious lives put themselves or others at risk. The book incorporates cutting-edge research on the psychology of religion and social neuroscience. James L. Griffith is the recipient of the 2011 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture for Religion that Heals, Religion that Harms. The award is given every year to an individual who has made a recent, significant, and creative contribution to the field of cultural psychiatry.

"This is a wise book, carefully crafted by a psychiatrist who is well acquainted with the empirical literature on the psychology of religion. Griffith avoids both naive apologetics and reductionism in providing insights into how to work with what he terms religiously determined patients, including those whose beliefs are distant from one's own. No simple answers are provided; rather the reader is gradually pulled into the guiding thread of the entire text - the importance of maintaining a therapeutic stance of neighborly respect, even when beliefs may be linked to psychological crises and potentially destructive behaviors." - Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA "An important, original book on a topic we face daily, in both our professional and personal lives. With flowing prose, Griffith mines complex areas of research - sociobiology, neurobiology, and attachment theory chief among them - to make crucial distinctions among benign and destructive religious beliefs and practices. After reading this book, clinicians will feel better equipped to engage in meaningful dialogue with patients for whom distinguishing between symptoms of mental illness and 'troubling but nonetheless normal' religious ideas and behavior is essential. The book's blend of conceptual and clinical case material, along with practical suggestions, will appeal to graduate students as well as seasoned clinicians. This is a wise and compassionate book that will be a lasting reference." - Kaethe Weingarten, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, the Witnessing Project, USA

Introduction: When Religion Goes Bad: A Mental Health Problem?p. 1
A Map for Navigating the Terrain of Religionp. 13
What Sociobiology Explains about Destructive Uses of Religionp. 15
What Neurobiology Explains about Destructive Uses of Religionp. 36
Setting the Stage: Opening Dialogue about Religious Lifep. 56
Locating Personal Spirituality through Existential Inquiryp. 81
When Religious Life Propels Sufferingp. 97
Seeking a Parent in God: Clinical Problems from Insecure Attachmentsp. 99
Seeking Security within the Flock: Clinical Problems from Social Hierarchy, Peer Affiliation, and Reciprocal Altruismp. 115
Asserting Primacy of Personal Spirituality over Sociobiological Religionp. 141
The Religious Who Protect Only Their Own: Clinical Problems from Peer Affiliation, Kin Recognition, and Social Exchangep. 157
When Mental Illness Infiltrates Religious Lifep. 181
Religion That Is a Voice for Mental Illnessp. 183
Dark Nights and Exaltation: Religion Distorted by a Mood Distorderp. 197
Worlds Confused: Religion Disorganized by Psychosisp. 206
Fear and Dread: Religion Shrunken by an Anxiety Disorderp. 224
A Clinician's Stancep. 239
Finding a Place to Stand: Conversing with Religiously Determined Patientsp. 241
Referencesp. 252
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9781606238899
ISBN-10: 1606238892
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 9th August 2010
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52