Religion vs. Psychology

1800 WordsApr 28, 20058 Pages
Spirituality and psychology are two complex subjects to discuss and they become even more complicated when you try to relate one to the other. Psychology deals with the processes of sense perception, thinking, learning, cognition, emotions and motivations, and personality, focusing on the behavior of individuals. Spirituality, on the other hand, is all inclusive. "Spirituality is living one's life from the realization that the body/mind/ego personality we have been taught to identify with is just the tip of our iceberg, our little head sticking through the window of the senses into this world, whereas our true body is the universe. It is recognizing that our perceived world is mostly an illusion, a shared dream we are asleep in, and that…show more content…
"As Viktor Frankl and many other existentialists point out, humans are usually healthier and happier when they have a central meaning or purpose in their life. Religion or spirituality may offer such a basic meaning or purpose." "Today, many advocates of what is ‘spiritual' are endorsing the idea that people should preferably put a ‘real meaning' in their lives, such as devoting themselves to ‘unselfish' social interests,…such as rearing a family. This process of acquiring a heartful meaning and purpose in life and devoting themselves to community and social rather than purely individualistic interests may be exceptionally helpful…to the people with whom they live and to the human race as a whole." By refusing to let our problems linger by using RET, one is given the opportunity to search for a deeper meaning and to devote themselves to the more important things in life. Finally, once one has begun to rationally live their life through RET and by focusing on things that can better enhance their own spirituality and meaning in life, they can spread this positive way of living to those around them. Your relationships with others will improve by taking this approach towards them and they may learn from your actions. When people view others as the cause of their problems, it causes one to treat them poorly and to hold a

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