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The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality


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Introduction by Lisa J. MillerPart One: Epistemological and Ontological Assumptions in History and Culture1. History and Current State of Research on Psychology of ReligionRalph W. Hood Jr.2. Theoretical and Epistemological FoundationsJames M. Nelson and Brent Slife3. Parameters and Limitations of Current ConceptualizationsFraser N. Watts4. Progress in Physics and Psychological Science Affects the Psychology of Religion and SpiritualityEverett L. Worthington Jr.5. Complementarities in Physics and PsychologyC. Edward Richards Part Two: Personality and Social Psychology: Universalism, Absolutism, and Relativism6. Personality, Spirituality, and ReligionEric D. Rose and Julie J. Exline7. Overview and Development of a Trait-Based Measure of Numinous Constructs: the Assessment of Spirituality and Religious Sentiments (ASPIRES) ScaleRalph L. Piedmont8. Good and Evil in Religion: The Interpersonal ContextChristopher T. Burris and John K. Rempel9. Religion, Altruism, and Prosocial Behavior: Conceptual and Empirical ApproachesElizabeth Midlarsky, Anthony S. J. Mullin, and Samuel H. Barkin Part Three: Spiritual Development, Family, and Culture10. Spiritual Development During Childhood and AdolescenceChris J. Boyatzis11. Questions Left Unaddressed by Religious Familism: Is Spirituality Relevant to Non-traditional Families?Annette Mahoney and Elizabeth J. Krumrei12. Motherhood and Female Faith Development: Feminine Tapestry of Religion, Spirituality, Creativity, and IntuitionCarole A. Rayburn13. Colored Spirituality: The Centrality of Spirit among Ethnic MinoritiesLillian Comas-Diaz14. Models of Spiritual DevelopmentHarris Friedman, Stanley Krippner, Linda Riebel, and Chad Johnson lPart Four: Spiritual Dialogue, Prayer and Intention in Mental Health: Western Traditions Moving Forward15. Spiritually-Sensitive Psychotherapy: An Impending Paradigm Shift in Theory and PracticeLen Sperry16. Honoring Religious Diversity and Universal Spirituality in PsychotherapyP. Scott Richards17. Counseling and Psychotherapy within and across Faith TraditionsMark R. McMinn, Kimberly N. Snow, and Justin J. Orton18. Psychoanalysis, Psi Phenomena, and Spiritual Space: Common GroundRuth Rosenbaum19. Spiritual Aspects of Jungian Analytical Psychology: Individuation; Jung's Psychological Equivalent of a Spiritual JourneyJoseph P. Wagenseller Part Five: Mind, Awareness, and Spirituality in Mental Health: Eastern Traditions Engage Psychology20. Contemplative Traditions and MeditationBrendan D. Kelly21. Translation of Eastern Meditative Disciplines into Western PsychotherapyRandye J. Semple and Sean P. Hatt22. Eastern Traditions, Consciousness, and SpiritualityKartikeya C. Patel Part Six: Physical Health, Prayer, and Spirituality23. Spirituality, Science, and the Human BodyWayne B. Jonas, Matt Fritts, Gail Christopher, Maeba Jonas, and Susan Jonas24. Spirituality, Emotions, and Physical HealthCrystal L. Park and Jeanne M. Slattery25. Spirituality, Religion, and Psychological CounselingThomas G. Plante26. Spirituality and Recovery from Serious Mental ProblemsDavid LukoffPart Seven: Positive Psychology and Spirituality27. Positive Psychology and Spirituality: A Virtue-informed Approach to Well-BeingJoseph W. Ciarrocchi28. Spirituality, Resilience, and Positive EmotionsBruce W. Smith, J. Alexis Ortiz, Kathryn T. Wiggins, Jennifer F. Bernard, and Jeanne Dalen29. Constructing the Connection between Spirituality, Work, and FamilyLee Joyce Richmond30. Spirituality and Positive Youth DevelopmentPeter L. Benson, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, and Peter C. Scales lPart Eight: The Brain and Spiritual Experience31. Transformation of Brain Structure and Spiritual ExperienceAndrew B. Newberg32. Neuroimaging and Spiritual PracticeMario Beauregard33. The Psychology of Near-Death Experiences and SpiritualityBruce Greyson Part Nine: Postmaterial Spiritual Psychology: Scientific Advances in a Spiritual Ontology for Psychology34. Nonlocality, Intention, and Observer Effects in Healing Studies: Laying a Foundation for the FutureStephan Schwartz and Larry Dossey35. Spirituality, Connection, and Healing with Intent: Reflections on Cancer Experiments on Laboratory MiceWilliam F. Bengston36. Knowledge, Intention, and MatterWilliam A. Tiller37. Consciousness, Spirituality, and Post-Materialist Science: An Empirical and Experiential ApproachGary E. Schwartz38. A Post-Materialist Human Science and Its Implications for Spiritual ActivismAmit Goswami Part Ten: Conclusion39. ConclusionLisa J. Miller

About the Author

Lisa J. Miller, Ph.D., is Director of Clinical Psychology and Associate Professor at Columbia University Teachers College.


[The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality] is truly a landmark and potentially revolutionary volume that deserves the widest possible readership. * David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer *
The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality could be a substantial reference for scholars interested in the field * J. Dezutter Journal of Empirical Theology *

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