Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith

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Thomas G. Plante
ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Psychology - 291 pages
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'Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Psychology - Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith' intends to demonstrate the positive benefits of spiritual and religious engagement, both for individual practitioners and for society as a whole. The book must cover Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other major traditions across culture in two sections. The first intends to focus on ways in which religious and spiritual engagement improves psychological and behavioral health. The second seeks to highlight the application of this knowledge to physical, psychological, and social problems. Each chapter focuses on a spiritual 'fruit', among them humility, hope, tolerance, gratitude, forgiveness, better health, and recovery from disease or addiction, explaining how the fruit is 'planted' and why faith helps it flourish.
  

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Contents

Cultivating the Fruit
143
Harvesting the Fruit
193
Reflections on the Fruit
247
About the Editor and Contributors
273
Index
277
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