Religious Psychopathology

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The psychopathology of religion is a branch of the psychopathology ("doctrine of the diseases of the soul"). It deals with the religious experience in the context of neuro-psychiatric diseases. Religious experience is neither "explained" as a psychopathological phenomenon, nor is its truthfulness questioned. Rather, religious psychopathology is limited to describing religious experience and placing it in a phenomenological context with the underlying neuro-psychiatric disease.

Isolated special forms and borderline cases of the psychology of religion, such as stigmatization, are often assigned to the psychopathology of religion from a neurological and psychiatric point of view .


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  • Hans Jörg Weitbrecht : Contributions to the psychopathology of religion. Especially on the psychopathology of conversion . Scherer, Heidelberg 1948.
  • Jacob Schou: Religion and sick soul life . Railway, Schwerin 1925.
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Individual evidence

  1. Halina Grzymala-Moszczynska, Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi: Religion, Psychopathology and coping. 1996, p. 24.