Description

Religion in Personality Theory makes clear the link between theory and research and personality and religion. Presently, most personality texts have a limited discussion of religion and reference few theorists other than Freud and Maslow in relation to the subject. This book reviews the theory and the empirical literature on the writings of 14 theorists. Every chapter concludes with a summation of the current research on the theorist’s proposals.

 

Reviews:

"Frederick Walborn has written an excellent text that explores the degree to which classical personality theorists were personally influenced by and focused upon religion in developing their personality theories. Each theorist is presented in sufficient detail so that their personal views of religion are seen to influence the theories they developed.  In addition, the current status of the empirical evidence in the psychology of religion is explored in the context of the theorist and theory to which the data is most relevant. Current and up to date, this text is appropriate for either a course in Personality or as an introduction to the Psychology of Religion.  The author's own comprehensive theory of religion and spirituality creatively integrates the positive contributions of the classical personality theorist to the contemporary psychology of religion."

     -Ralph W. Hood Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

 

"In this interesting and accessible book, Frederick Walborn thoughtfully probes the place of religion and spirituality in the writings of a broad range of classical psychological thinkers and offers an insightful critique of current empirical research on the complex relation of religion and spirituality to individual well-being."

     -Michele Dillon, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durh

Key Features

  • Identifies what major personality theorists say about religion
  • Investigates whether evidence supports or refutes predictions made by different theories
  • Concludes with a comprehensive integrative theory on religion and spirituality

Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students in counseling, pastoral counseling, psychology, or social work.

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction

Abstract

An Overview of the Psychology of Religion/Spirituality

What to Expect from this Book

Chapter 2. Sigmund Freud

Abstract

Religious Biography

Totem and Taboo

Oceanic Feelings

Oedipal Complex

Religion Being a Crutch

The Documentary Hypothesis

Religion and Rationality

The Life and Death Instincts

The Future of Religion According to Freud

Research on Freud’s Writings on Religion

The Future of Psychoanalysis and Religion/Spirituality

Chapter 3. Carl Jung

Abstract

Religious Biography

An Overview of Jung’s Major Concepts and Religion

Jung and Eastern Religions

Jung and Western Religions

Answer to Job

Quantum Physics and Religion

Does God Evolve?

Religion and the Future

Empirical Evidence

Summary

Chapter 4. Alfred Adler

Abstract

Religious Biography

Coauthor with a Lutheran Minister

Social Interest

Empirical Evidence

Summary

Chapter 5. Karen Horney

Abstract

Horney’s Adolescent Years

Horney’s Writings on Religion/Spirituality

Personality Theory and Religion

Empirical Literature on Personality Disorders and Religion/Spirituality

Horney and Zen Buddhism

Summary

Chapter 6. Erik Erikson

Abstract

Religious Biography

Erikson and Religion

The Psychosocial Stages and Religion

Martin Luther

Gandhi’s Truth

Empirical Evidence

Summary

Chapter 7. Eric Fromm

Abstract

Religious Biography

Fromm’s Definition of Religion

Existentialism and Freedom

The Evolution of God

Old Testament

New Testament

Details

No. of pages:
456
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2014
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Electronic ISBN:
9780124079434
Print ISBN:
9780124078642

About the author

Reviews

"...Walborn’s integrative theory has the great virtue of accenting, and suggesting ways of accounting for, the considerable diversity in the realm of religious faith, especially the less admirable forms." - PsycCRITIQUES, September 15 2014

 "Frederick Walborn has written an excellent text that explores the degree to which classical personality theorists were personally influenced by and focused upon religion in developing their personality theories. Each theorist is presented in sufficient detail so that their personal views of religion are seen to influence the theories they developed.  In addition, the current status of the empirical evidence in the psychology of religion is explored in the context of the theorist and theory to which the data is most relevant. Current and up to date, this text is appropriate for either a course in Personality or as an introduction to the Psychology of Religion.  The author's own comprehensive theory of religion and spirituality creatively integrates the positive contributions of the classical personality theorist to the contemporary psychology of religion."--Ralph W. Hood Jr., Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

"In this interesting and accessible book, Frederick Walborn thoughtfully probes the place of religion and spirituality in the writings of a broad range of classical psychological thinkers and offers an insightful critique of current empirical research on the complex relation of religion and spirituality to individual well-being."--Michele Dillon, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire 

"This book is exceptionally well balanced, carefully crafted so that all ideas are clearly and even-handedly on the table to be freely examined by all. Walborn is honest, refreshingly has no between-the-l