Psychology and Religion

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This deductive essay explores the relationship between and the practices involving psychology and religion in order to uphold the ethics code. There is a sensitivity level that must be exhibited by psychology professionals that practice traditional psychology in order to make clients feel comfortable and secure in the treatment setting. In addition, this essay explains the use of religion in non-traditional psychology and the professional manner according to the ethics code in which using non-traditional approaches involving religion should be used.

In order to understand religion and psychology and how they correlate we must first try to understand the core meaning of each Chakkarath describes religion as “Religions can be understood as belief systems that provide statements about the meaning of individual and collective life, the relationship between individual and community, proper moral and aesthetic attitudes, individual obligations and rights, the structure of interpersonal, intra- and extra-familial Mental Health, Religion & Culture 385 as well as inter-sexual relations” (2010). With many psychologist believing that the definition of psychology is the “study of the soul” it well though that there would be a relationship between the two (Uznadze, 2009).

As a psychology professional it's important to not impose one's own religious views on clients and to know how to correctly understand and treat people of different faiths. In the article Ethical Issues for the Integration or Religion and Spirituality in Therapy, Fisher highlights ethical challenges involving Spirituality in Therapy including; competence and avoiding secular-theistic bias. Fisher goes on to further explain the effects of Imposing Religious Values, the importance of Informed Consent and the challenges that arise regarding faith and multiple relationships (Fisher, 2009)....
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