Attachment, emotion, and religion
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)
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer International Publishing AG , 2016. 9-26 p.
, Issues in science and religion: publications of the european society for the study of science and theology, ISSN 2364-5717
attachment, emotion, religion
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-130562ISBN: 9783319267678OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-130562DiVA: diva2:931109