Fundamentalist religion and its effect on mental health

  title={Fundamentalist religion and its effect on mental health},
  author={Gary W. Hartz and Henry Everett},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
The national self-help group, Fundamentalists Anonymous (F.A.), has focused attention upon mental problems that may be caused or exacerbated by authoritarian religion. In this article we outline assertions about the mental problems caused by membership in fundamentalist religion, illustrate these with two case histories, briefly discuss intervention strategies, and describe conceptual and empirical issues. While former members have presented problems severe enough to warrant professional… 

Psychotherapy and the Fundamentalist Client: The Aims and Challenges of Treating Jehovah’s Witnesses

Their belief system and cultural values, including the practice of “disfellowshipping” or shunning members, influence the types of problems Jehovah’s Witnesses and other Fundamentalists present with in therapy, obstacles to treatment, and issues that may arise within the therapeutic relationship.

Scaring the bejesus into people: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief

The belief in supernatural agents is a universal feature of human social cognition. Recent cognitive theories of religion might explain the origins of supernatural concepts, but they do not

Losing Faith in Fundamentalist Christianity: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

This study investigated the psychological experience of losing faith in God, within the context of fundamentalist Christianity. Nine former fundamentalist Christians were interviewed about their

The Origins of Jewish Guilt: Psychological, Theological, and Cultural Perspectives

  • S. Dein
  • Philosophy, Psychology
    Journal of spirituality in mental health
  • 2013
Three theories purporting to account for the link between guilt and Judaism are examined: psychoanalytic, theological, and guilt as a cultural stereotype particularly the notion of the Jewish mother.

Vulnerable Dark Triad Personality Facets Are Associated with Religious Fundamentalist Tendencies

It is concluded that specific structural deficits in personality might lead to more rigorous variants of religious/spiritual beliefs such as RF.

Scaring the bejesus into people: The role of religious belief in managing implicit and explicit anxiety

Humans are anxious creatures. For a species at the top of the food chain, we have delicate sensibilities, with over 500 documented phobias (including aulophobia, the fear of fl utes). We may have

Motivation and its regulation : the control within

Motivation and Its Control: Introduction and Overview, E. Harmon-Jones, J.P. Forgas. Part 1. Introduction and Basic Issues. Beyond Pleasure and Pain: Value from Engagement, E.T. Higgins. The

Religion, Spirituality, Mental Health, and Mental Illness

In some situations, it can be difficult to determine whether a client’s behavior reflects religious/spiritual belief or is indicative of mental illness. It may also be challenging to determine



The "Moonies": a psychological study of conversion and membership in a contemporary religious sect.

The authors discuss correlates of an improved emotional state following conversion and employ attribution theory, drawn from social psychology, to put the conversion process into a psychiatric perspective.

Unification Church ("Moonie") dropouts: psychological readjustment after leaving a charismatic religious group.

  • M. Galanter
  • Psychology
    The American journal of psychiatry
  • 1983
The author examines the impact of group membership on individual development and looks at departure in relation to the psychopathology, such as depression and paranoid ideation, that may emerge.

The psychology of religion : an empirical approach

This volume presents the most comprehnsive survey of the empirical literature on the psychology of religion available today. Like its predecesor, the second edition of The Psychology of Religion

An empirical investigation of emotional reactions to divorce.

Results indicated intensified feelings of depression, anxiety, and hostility as one entered marriage counseling during the period of attaining the divorce, but by the sixth to twelfth month after the divorce most of these negative feelings had disappeared.

Support for the Moral Majority: A Test of a Model

Two hundred and eighty-four residents of the Lynd's "Middletown" (Muncie, Indiana) were interviewed to test a path model of possible direct and indirect antecedents of support for the Moral Majority.

The Moral Majority in Middletown

The major question addressed in this paper is why people have a favorable attitude toward the moral majority. The theoretical model predicted that moral majority support would be positively related

SHRINKS': Psychiatry and the Control of Religious Movements.

  • 1979

Churches on the Fringe," Eternity

  • 1986