religion

Samuel Landau, in a ‘Careers’ piece in the April edition, wrote of his challenges in integrating his two hats: that of a community rabbi and that of a...

When I first embarked on a life wearing two hats, I would often joke with my congregation, ‘We Jews are meshugah [Yiddish for mad or crazy] – psychology must be helpful!’ Perhaps my off-the-cuff remark showed how unprepared I was for the challenge of integrating a life of...

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/...