Emotions and Spirituality in Religions and Spiritual Movements

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University Press of America, 2012 - Psychology - 208 pages
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Applying recent psychological and neuropsychological studies of emotions, Erika Wilson explores the role of emotions in major Eastern, Western, and primal religions, as well as in some contemporary spiritual movements. The book tries to answer the following questions: What kinds of emotions and spiritual experiences arise in individuals and groups during prayer, conversions, rituals, meditations, and other spiritual practices? Which positive emotions are valued most in a particular religion or spiritual movement? How do these attitudes relate to their respective historical context? And finally, how does each religious or spiritual teaching recommend handling negative emotions?
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Emotions and Spirituality in the Religions of the World
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Chapter 2 The Divine the Self Soul Emotions Consciousness and the Spiritual Journey in Religions Spiritual Movements the Social Sciences and the ...
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Chapter 3 Spiritual Experiences Spiritual Disciplines Emotions and the Sciences
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Chapter 4 Emotions Symbols Sacred Writings Prayer Rituals Spiritual Disciplines and Spiritual Experiences
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Chapter 5 Positive and Negative Emotions Free Will Conversions Conscience Ethics and Social Activism in Religions and Spiritual Movements
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Chapter 6 Negative Emotions Evil Suffering Prejudice Violence War and Peace in Religions and Spiritual Movements
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Chapter 7 Emotions and Spirituality in Primal Religions
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Chapter 8 Emotions and Spirituality in Eastern Religions
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Chapter 9 Emotions and Spirituality in Western Religions
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Chapter 10 Emotions and Emotional Issues in Religions and Spiritual MovementsSome Conclusions
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Bibliography
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About the author (2012)

Erika Wilson was born in Germany and emigrated to the US. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971 and her second Ph.D. in comparative religious studies from the University of Southern California in 1979. She has taught in the California State University System since 1963, and, for the past nine years, at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Among other publications, she is the author of Religion in All Dimensions, 3d ed. (1998) and Healing and Well-Being in the Religions of the World (1996).

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