Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Third Edition

Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Third Edition

by Raymond F. Paloutzian PhD

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Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Third Edition by Raymond F. Paloutzian PhD

The leading undergraduate psychology of religion text, this engaging book synthesizes cutting-edge theories and findings into an accessible account enlivened by personal reflections and contemporary examples. Raymond F. Paloutzian offers an authoritative overview of theoretical and empirical foundations; experiential, developmental, personality, and sociocultural dimensions of religion and spirituality; and clinical implications. Students are also given food for thought about bigger questions--how religion influences their own lives; what beliefs or values they hold most dear; and how to live in a multicultural, multireligious world. Each chapter opens with a brief topic outline and concludes with "Take-Home Messages" and suggestions for further reading.

New to This Edition:
*Reflects many years of scientific and theoretical advances.
*Chapters on psychological theories, personality, and physical health.
*New organizing concepts: religious meaning systems and the multilevel interdisciplinary paradigm.
*Additional pedagogical features, including end-of-chapter "Take-Home Messages" and engaging topic boxes.
*Descriptions of cutting-edge research methods.
*Increased attention to multicultural issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462527557
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 11/09/2016
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 428
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 16.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Raymond F. Paloutzian, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Experimental and Social Psychology at Westmont College and consultant to the Religion, Experience, and Mind (REM) Lab Group at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and a guest professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Paloutzian is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a Fellow of five APA divisions and of the Association for Psychological Science. For 18 years, he was Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. His books include Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Second Edition (coedited with Crystal L. Park), and Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Third Edition. Dr. Paloutzian has given invited talks on the psychology of religion in global perspective in various countries around the world.

Table of Contents

I. Foundations
1. Religion in Psychological Perspective
2. Intellectual Journey to the Psychology of Religion
3. Psychological Theories Look at Religion
4. Logic and Methods in the Psychology of Religion
II. Substantive Areas
5. Developmental Processes in Religiousness and Spirituality
6. Looking for Religion in the Individual
7. Religious Conversion, Deconversion, and Spiritual Transformation
8. Religion, Spirituality, and Experience
9. Religion, Mental Health, and Well-Being
10. Religion and Health-Related Issues
11. Religion, Social Attitudes, and Behavior
III. The Big Picture
12. And in the End . . .

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