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By Lee A. Kirkpatrick PhD

ISBN-10: 1593850883

ISBN-13: 9781593850883

During this provocative and interesting booklet, Lee Kirkpatrick establishes a extensive, finished framework for drawing close the psychology of faith from an evolutionary standpoint. inside this framework, attachment idea offers a robust lens during which to reconceptualize varied points of non secular trust and behaviour. Rejecting the thought that people own religion-specific instincts or diversifications, Kirkpatrick argues that faith as an alternative emerges from various mental mechanisms and platforms that advanced for different features. This integrative paintings will spark dialogue, debate, and destiny learn between someone attracted to the psychology of faith, attachment idea, and evolutionary psychology, in addition to spiritual reports. it is going to additionally function a textual content in complex undergraduate- and graduate-level classes.

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Ethologists were beginning to draw upon control systems theory as an alternative to the simpler conceptualizations of “instincts” that had gone before. Previous theories of motivation—most notably, Freud’s psychic energy model—viewed instinctive motives as generalized drives seeking 28 ATTACHMENT, EVOLUTION, AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION expression. An instinctive drive for sex, for example, was thought to build up until it found an outlet and released its energy. Using control systems theory, however, ethologists were beginning to think about motivation in terms of behavioral systems that are turned on and turned off by particular kinds of stimuli.

Upon reunion they are very difficult to calm and alternate between clinging, proximity-promoting behaviors and resistant, angry behaviors. 1 summarizes the differences among these patterns. 1. , 1978) Uses mother as secure base for exploration. Separation: Signs of missing parent, especially during the second separation. Reunion: Actively greets parent with smile, vocalization, or gesture. If upset, signals or seeks contact with parent. Once comforted, returns to exploration. , 1978) Explores readily, little display of affect or secure-base behavior.

6 Finally, there is one additional reason why attachment theory is particularly valuable for the psychology of religion, in the context of my piein-the-sky goal of a comprehensive theory. It is that attachment theory fits comfortably within a much larger and broader metatheory that has 20 ATTACHMENT, EVOLUTION, AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION begun to emerge over the past decade or so, one that has the potential to be the overarching, paradigmatic framework that truly can integrate the many diverse areas and topics across the various subdisciplines of psychology.

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