Religion in Personality Theory by Frederick Walborn

By Frederick Walborn

Religion in character Theory makes transparent the hyperlink among concept and study and character and faith. almost immediately, such a lot character texts have a restricted dialogue of faith and reference few theorists except Freud and Maslow in terms of the topic. This booklet stories the speculation and the empirical literature at the writings of 14 theorists. each bankruptcy concludes with a summation of the present examine at the theorist’s proposals.


"Frederick Walborn has written an outstanding textual content that explores the measure to which classical character theorists have been for my part motivated by way of and centred upon faith in constructing their character theories. every one theorist is gifted in enough aspect in order that their own perspectives of faith are visible to persuade the theories they developed.  moreover, the present prestige of the empirical proof within the psychology of faith is explored within the context of the theorist and conception to which the knowledge is such a lot suitable. present and recent, this article is suitable for both a direction in character or as an creation to the Psychology of Religion.  The author's personal accomplished thought of faith and spirituality creatively integrates the confident contributions of the classical character theorist to the modern psychology of religion."

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

"In this fascinating and obtainable booklet, Frederick Walborn thoughtfully probes where of faith and spirituality within the writings of a extensive diversity of classical mental thinkers and gives an insightful critique of present empirical study at the complicated relation of faith and spirituality to person well-being."

     -Michele Dillon, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, division of Sociology, collage of latest Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

  • Identifies what significant character theorists say approximately religion
  • Investigates even if facts helps or refutes predictions made by means of assorted theories
  • Concludes with a accomplished integrative idea on faith and spirituality

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However, Freud did not perceive these wonderful rich times as necessarily healthy moments. Instead, he believed these oceanic feelings were a regression to an early time in life. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. . The origin of the religious attitude can be traced back in clear outlines as far as the feeling of infantile helplessness” (Freud, 1930b/2001, p. 72). The oceanic feeling is nothing more than feeling the security of a more powerful father figure.

Through the practice of the individuation process, people may ultimately discover their self. Jung believed that allowing the expression of the archetypes of the collective unconscious was a key part of the individuation process. Formal religious practices could either impede or enhance this process. Christianity, like every closed system of religion, has an undoubted tendency to suppress the unconscious in the individual as much as possible, thus paralyzing his fantasy activity. Instead, religion offers stereotyped symbolic concepts that are meant to take the place of his unconscious once and for all.

As science progresses, the need for God diminishes. Freud believed in the supremacy of rationality and of science. However, if humans continued to believe in the false premise of a god or of religious experiences, then we will remain childlike and will need the comfort of the supremacy, yet frightening power, of the paternal parent. Freud (1927/2001) provides a glimpse of hope for people who want to grow: “But surely infantilism is destined to be surmounted. Men cannot remain children for ever [sic]; they must in the end go out into ‘hostile life’” (Freud, 1927/2001, p.

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