In this course I have had the opportunity to learn about new cultures and their religious beliefs that will impact my interactions with others throughout my career. As a psychology major, most of the major contributors to psychology view religion as subjective. For instance Sigmund Freud, father of psychology was an atheist and believed that religion was a form of neurosis. Freud criticizes religion very harshly and I think this is where the misconception of psychology not representing religion stems from. In psychology, there are many perspectives and their sub categories. The main perspectives are psychoanalytic, humanist, behaviorist, and cognitive. Freud was psychoanalytical and during his era there was no way he could prove his theories scientifically. Through these different psychology perspectives there are many reasons for behaviors. I believe it is important to note that all of them have a slightly different view of religion. However, I believe having faith is a significant device to have in one’s life. Having religion to fall back on when times are rough and knowing that some things are out of your control can be therapeutic.
Through this course and understanding many different religions it will help me in my career by sympathizing and considering a person’s ultimate concern in life. For me, religion provides a center compass to my life. When things are difficult, my faith provides a center, a place I can return to and draw inspiration. It is not a crutch, rather a place to refocus and then move forward.
In my growing up there were a number of myths that impacted my life. Some were religious based and some were not. One religious myth I remember from a young age is a lady from church had been diagnosed with cancer....
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...be part of the greater society or family, friends and acquaintances. These “others” also impact our personal mythology in a number of ways. First, our interactions with them may influence and change our own views. Secondly, when we suffer losses or defeats in life, these “others” may be there to assist us or to further inflict the loss. Finally, humans are relational and it is this encounter with “others” that plays a role in the development of the overall individual.
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Smith, Huston. The World’s Religions. New York: HarperOne, 1991.