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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 973–985 | Cite as

Chassidic Teachings and Modern Psychology: Toward a More Unified Approach

  • Akiva Turner
Philosophical Exploration
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Abstract

This article describes how many modern psychological constructs and theories exist in older as well as newer Chassidic and Jewish teachings, particularly those of Chabad Lubavitch. This exploration points toward a potential benefit for a unification of psychology and Chassidic teachings. Psychological theories and constructs explored are Freudian psychoanalysis, cognitive dissonance, cognitive restructuring/reframing, self-efficacy/planned behavior, and logotherapy/existentialism. The article then concludes with a discussion of possible implications of moving toward a unified approach for clinical practitioners.

Keywords

Chassidus Psychology Behavioral change theory Clinical practice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Care Sciences DepartmentNova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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