Religion's impact on health studied StandardNet Religious belief impacts human health in a variety of ways, from blood pressure to psychological well-being.
Tim Barber's insight:
Curator's note... Another study demonstrating the positive value of religious belief. I found it interesting that this targeted those who believed in a benevolent God. Note Baylor's study on religion for terminology re. major perspectives on the nature of God.
Curator's note... The Society for Christian Psychology has a rather well-developed Resource page. On this page you'll find links to other sites, recommended readings, and full articles and resources for download. Well worth checking out.
Curator's note...Dr. David Brown is a colleague and friend. Here's his entire PhD dissertation as published by Auburn University. Just wouldn't be right for me to miss this opportunity to toot his horn.
Curator's note... It is refreshing when science confirms what many believers have known inwardly for many years. Read Dr. Hedaya's blog and listen to his interview with a spiritual director for more information.
"how your beliefs make a difference By Robert J. Hedaya, M.D., D.F.A.P.A...
Curator's note... I've long been a fan of the writings of M. Robert Mulholland Jr. (And for reasons other than the fact that he shook my hand as I walked across the stage upon completion of my Doctor of Ministry.) This short blog post is a good introduce to one of Dr. Mulholland's better books.
Spiritual intelligence is critical for personal growth and authentic leadership.
Curator's note... This interesting post introduces the idea of Spiritual Intelligence. It's something of a parallel to similar Quotents that measure abilities such as Mental Intelligence (IQ), Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Physical Intelligence (PQ).
Curators Note... This blog post summarizes the text Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and the author talks the personal impact of reading Scazerro's book.
"This book, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazerro, had me at the first sentence, “Christian spirituality, without an integration of emotional health, can be deadly – to yourself, your relationship with God, and the ..."
THE AFFECTIVE BRAIN LAB investigates how affect (the experience of emotion) affects human cognition and behavior in normal brain function and in affective disorders (such as depression and anxiety). It is interesting that Tali Sharot's premise of the book The Optimism Bias is directly opposite the assertion by some writers that we are wired to see the negative (see the work of Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius Buddha's Brain).
Curator's note...While this site isn't overtly about spirituality and counseling, it is an interesting site that explores the intersection of neuroscience and optimism (among other things). Well worth checking out.
VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for the American Counseling Association by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. In this edition Gerald Corey discusses Integrating Spirituality in Counseling Practice. It's short, but informative. The Suggested Reading List is worth the download.
Curator'snote.. This brief summary of major themes from the "founding fathers" of psychology point thier ability to address key spiritual and religious themes. Brief, but good summary...
Pastoral Counseling and Coaching: Compass Therapy in Churches. Rev. Dr. Dan Montgomery offers a fresh perspective on the fascinating world of pastoral counseling and coaching. Expand your skills for healing and ...
I have met weekly with a friend in a spiritual companionship/accountability relationship for over a decade. It has been a lifeline for both of us.
Curator's note... One of my favorite journals to read has an online article by Valerie Hess about Spiritual Relationships. Few things compare to the value of true spiritual friendship. The article is agood introduction.
Curator's note... Few approaches to integrating healing with spirituality have alonger, richer tradition than the 12-step tradition. The blog referenced here summarizes the book, Hijacking the Brain: How Drug and Alcohol Addiction Hijacks our Brains--The Science Behind Twelve-Step Propgrams.
When Bill W. and Dr. Bob created Alcoholics Anonymous 77 years ago, they borrowed principles learned from a Christian fellowship called the Oxford Group to create their 12-step recovery program. ...
Curator's note... This blog post by author and professor Mark Yarhouse talks aobut why integration of psychology and Christianity is important.
What is Integration? 11 Jul. A reader of the blog asked me the following question: I don't understand why we need an integration of psychology and Christianity. Can't a Christian psychologist help non-Christians?
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