Faith or Delusion? At the Crossroads of Religion and Psychosis

@article{Pierre2001FaithOD,
  title={Faith or Delusion? At the Crossroads of Religion and Psychosis},
  author={J. Pierre},
  journal={Journal of Psychiatric Practice},
  year={2001},
  volume={7},
  pages={163-172}
}
  • J. Pierre
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Psychiatric Practice
  • In clinical practice, no clear guidelines exist to distinguish between “normal” religious beliefs and “pathological” religious delusions. Historically, psychiatrists such as Freud have suggested that all religious beliefs are delusional, while the current DSM-IV definition of delusion exempts religious doctrine from pathology altogether. From an individual standpoint, a dimensional approach to delusional thinking (emphasizing conviction, preoccupation, and extension rather than content) may be… CONTINUE READING

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