Psychology and the New Religious Movements

John A. Saliba

in The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780195369649
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Psychology and the New Religious Movements

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This article begins by contrasting psychology/psychiatry's traditional antagonism toward religion with the newer, more positive approach reflected in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (1994). After a brief survey of relevant studies, it then explores the problems involved with psychological approaches to members of new religions through the example of studies of followers of Bhagwan Rajneesh. It concludes by outlining a series of unresolved issues regarding the psychology of new religious movement membership.

Keywords: psychology; psychiatry; Bhagwan Rajneesh; new religious movement membership

Article.  6268 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Alternative Belief Systems

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