religion

Yeni Adewoye’s article ‘Having faith in mind’ (April 2016) and Abby Midgely’s advice to seek ‘biblical’ counselling, (Letters, July 2016) has prompted me to give another perspective.

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According to the 2011 census, more than two thirds of the UK population report having a religion. So is it not time for mental health services to consider how they are meeting the needs of such people? People of faith have reported feeling unable to discuss their mental...

Our theme for this month is that of psychology and spirituality (and see the ‘New voices’ piece on incorporating faith in therapy). In...

The director of this new film has a long and impressive career as a documentary-maker. From paedophilia in the Catholic church (Mea Maxima Culpa) to the creation of Wikileaks (We Steal Secrets) and Lance Armstrong's doping career (The Armstrong Lie), Alex Gibney has long been...

I was interested to read Ann Wood’s description of her experience as a member of a spirituality group at a rehabilitation unit (‘People first, science second’, June 2015), not the least because articles in The Psychologist that deal with religion are almost as rare as the...

It has been suggested that religion and spirituality is psychiatry’s ‘last taboo’, and that the spiritual beliefs of service users are frequently ‘pathologised’ by mental health practitioners (see the Mental Health Foundation report from 2007, Keeping the Faith, tinyurl.com/...

During a 1945 lecture in Paris, Jean-Paul Sartre offered the following useful metaphor for God: When we think of God as the creator, we are thinking of him, most of the time, as a superior artisan… When God creates he knows precisely what he is creating. Thus, the conception...

Religion, if nothing else, is a profoundly human phenomenon, and therefore amenable to study by psychologists. In his 2002 article for The Psychologist, Michael Argyle proposed treating religious faith as an attitude – something with cognitive, behavioural and emotional...