Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

Living Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200238-1

People are attracted to various forms of religion because it provides believers the opportunity to satisfy all their fundamental desires over and over again. Religion is a social term, but worship includes emotion and mind. Psychology primarily deals with the self, mind, and emotions. It also deals with the personal identity, selfhood, memory, subjectivity, consciousness, motivation, cognition, and belief patterns. The primary focus of the psychological approach to religion is the study in which religion operates in the mind of the individual. The relationship between religion and psychology clearly includes the study of religious belief and behavior from a psychological perspective. The psychological study of religion includes a focus on both religious behavior and religious beliefs and uses various models of human nature.

Animatism is also a form of religion in most of the primitive or preliterate societies, which speaks about a belief in generalized, objective power over which...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Tribal StudiesIndira Gandhi National Tribal UniversityAmarkantakIndia