When Religion Goes Awry: Religious Risk Factors for Poorer Health and Well-Being

Hisham Abu Raiya*, Kenneth I. Pargament, Gina Magyar-Russell

*Corresponding author for this work

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond Boundaries
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780470682203
ISBN (Print)9780470694718
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Carl Jung's - 'God-almightiness' does not make man divine, it merely fills him with arrogance and arouses everything evil in him
  • Criteria for evaluating religion - truth-based criteria, pragmatic criteria and process criteria
  • Problematic attachment to God - God serving as an attachment figure
  • Problematic religious integration and religious rigidity and inflexibility
  • Problematic religious motivation
  • Religion, exerting its impact on health through physiological and biological mechanisms
  • Religion, not a fixed set of beliefs and rituals
  • Religion, significant human phenomenon - receiving little attention in modern psychological inquiry
  • Religious practices and beliefs - important to people in countries around the world
  • when religion goes awry - religious risk factors for poorer health and well-being

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