Spiritual Belief and Psychology


Spirituality is a globally acknowledged concept


DSM3 portrayed religion negatively by suggesting that religious and spiritual experiences are examples of psychopathology. But recent research reports strongly suggest that to many patients, religion and spirituality are resources that help them to cope with the stresses in life, including those of their illness

The importance of spirituality in mental health is now widely accepted. As John Turbott puts it, rapprochement between religion and psychiatry is essential for psychiatric practice to be effective.

Dr.Larson has spent nearly two decades trying to prove them wrong. Now a psychiatrist and president of the National Institute for Health Care Research, Larson cites a mound of studies, both his own and others’, attesting to the preventive and healing effects of religion. A sampling:

In a 1995 report on 232 people who underwent elective open-heart surgery, those who received no strength or comfort from religion were more likely to die within six months of the operation.

A decade-long study of 2,700 people showed that after accounting for risk factors, only one social attribute–increased church attendance–lowered mortality rates.

Among women recovering from hip fractures, those with stronger religious beliefs and practices were less depressed and could walk further at discharge.

A review of 200 epidemiological studies suggests that religion has positive effects on diseases ranging from cervical cancer to stroke.

*(Though, Only very few psychiatrists make use of religion and spirituality in the therapeutic situation)

Perception of Spiritualism/Religion:

Spiritual belief may differ from person to person. It involves belief and obedience to an all powerful force usually called God, who controls the universe and the destiny of man. It involves the ways in which people fulfill what they hold to be the purpose of their lives, a search for the meaning of life and a sense of connectedness to the universe. The universality of spirituality extends across creed and culture. At the same time, spirituality is very much personal and unique to each person. It is a sacred realm of human experience. Spirituality produces in man qualities such as love, honesty, patience, tolerance, compassion, a sense of detachment, faith, and hope. Of late, there are some reports which suggest that some areas of the brain, mainly the non-dominant one, are involved in the appreciation and fulfillment of spiritual values and experiences.

How to seek Spiritualism and wellness?


While different individuals may have different views of what spiritualism is, it is generally considered to be the search for meaning and purpose in human existence, leading one to strive for a state of harmony with oneself and others while working to balance inner needs with the rest of the world.

It is important for everyone to explore what they believe is their own sense of meaning and purpose.

The path to spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific spiritual practices that support your connection to a higher power or belief system. Yoga and meditation can also help you develop spiritual wellness.

Having compassion, the capacity for love and forgiveness, altruism, joy, and fulfillment help you enjoy your spiritual health. Your religious faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.



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