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Attachment, emotion, and religion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology.
2016 (English)In: Issues in Science and Theology: Do Emotions Shape the World? / [ed] M. Fuller, D. Evers, A. Runehov, & K.-W. Saether, Springer International Publishing AG , 2016, 9-26 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper highlights how the development of emotion is intertwined with the development of attachment. I argue, also, that there are certain central emotions and affects associated with particular forms of attachment, which come to define the self in relation to others. Further, this emotion-attachment configuration is expressed in religion, especially in the religious individual’s perceived relationship with God. I describe pertinent findings from the scientific literature on the attachment-religion connection indicating that experientially based internal working models of self and other are generalized and lawfully expressed in the context of religion. Thus, attachment-related interactions will affectively color the individual’s perceived relationship with God. Yet, God and religion may also provide a source of surrogate attachments, which may aid in repairing negative working models of self and others. Finally, words of caution are offered to prevent misunderstandings of the implications arising from a consideration of how the emotion-attachment configuration is expressed in the context of religion.

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Springer International Publishing AG , 2016. 9-26 p.
Series
Issues in science and religion: publications of the european society for the study of science and theology, ISSN 2364-5717
Keyword [en]
attachment, emotion, religion
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Psychology
Research subject
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130562ISBN: 9783319267678 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130562DiVA: diva2:931109
Available from: 2016-05-26 Created: 2016-05-26 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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