Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Ann M. RothschildEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_738

Our current uses of the word “wait” carry derogatory meanings. Words used to define waiting, delayed, stopped or slowed down, postponed, and put off, all seem at odds with our Western preoccupation with doing, getting done, and action. Holding patterns are a waste, time that doesn’t count. Passively receiving or being available rather than achieving diminishes one’s dignity. There is discomfort in the ambiguity and disorientation of transitional periods involved in waiting. But in religion and psychology, waiting has not only been necessary and valued, it has been promoted. It is admired and considered a courageous state. Not that it is easy or even wished for, but all major religions and most psychological theories agree that waiting is usually needed and a respected aspect of the search that growth, faith, and change require.

Often in the spiritual search as well as the psychological one, the changes we are trying to make require that we wait. Making change is never easy. Unless we...

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