Introduction to Spiritual Psychology:

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality includes a broad range of religious traditions and spiritual practices. The Spiritual Department at Mind and Brain aims to promote a holistic and transcendental view of human beings. It is driven from APA’s (American Psychological Association) Section 36A Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality promotes the application of psychological research methods and interpretive frameworks to diverse forms of religion and spirituality; encourages the incorporation of the results of such work into clinical and other applied settings. The section was created to provide a platform for scholars, researchers, educators, and practitioners to explore the intersections between psychology, religion, and spirituality, and to promote interdisciplinary research and dialogue.

Since its inception, Section 36A has been actively involved in organizing conferences, symposia, and other events to facilitate research and education in the psychology of religion and spirituality. The section also publishes a journal called ‘The Psychology of Religion and Spirituality’, which features research on the psychological dimensions of religion and spirituality from a variety of perspectives and traditions.

While Section 36A does not specifically focus on any particular religion or spiritual tradition, it includes a diverse range of religions and spiritual practices. Some examples of the religions that are included under Section 36A are: 

  1. Christianity
  2. Islam
  3. Judaism
  4. Buddhism
  5. Hinduism
  6. Taoism
  7. Confucianism
  8. Sikhism
  9. Indigenous religions
  10. New religious movements


APA Division 36, Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, allows for the inclusion of Islamic psychology within its various sections. These sections are dedicated to promoting the understanding of the psychological, cultural, and spiritual aspects of different religions and spirituality, their communities and cultures from an intervention and therapeutic perspective.

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