Making Sense of Beliefs and Values

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Making Sense of Beliefs and Values

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Theory, Research, and Practice

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  • Craig N. Shealy PhD
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“This book is both inspirational and informative. Shealy and co-authors show how understanding why we form beliefs and values and how we use them can promote rich and reflective accounts of human motivation and action … essential ideas as we try to cultivate a global society and citizenry.”

—Merry Bullock, PhD, Executive Committee, International Union of Psychological Science

“In educating our children, we as a society put great emphasis on knowledge and abstract analytical thinking.… But if you look at what moves a society and changes it, you don’t find knowledge and abstract analytical thinking having much to do with it. Rather, you find that societies move forward, and too often, backward, on the basis of the beliefs and values of their citizens and their leaders. This book will help you understand how those beliefs and values come to be, how they are organized, and how they translate into the actions that make our world either a better, or a worse place in which to live.”

—Robert J. Sternberg, PhD, Professor of Human Development, Cornell University

Social psychologists have studied beliefs and values and related constructs such as “attitudes” and “prejudice” for decades. But as this innovative andinterdisciplinary book convincingly demonstrates, the scientific examination of beliefs and values now influences research and practice across a range ofdisciplines. Specifically, this edited volume explores the many cutting-edge implications and applications of Equilintegration (EI) Theory and the Beliefs,Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI). Grounded in 20 years of research and practice, EI Theory seeks to explain the processes by which beliefs, values, andworldviews are acquired and maintained, why their alteration is resisted, and under what circumstances they are modified. Based upon EI Theory, the BEVI isa comprehensive analytic tool that examines how and why we come to see ourselves, others, and the world as we do, as well as the influence of suchprocesses on multiple aspects of human functioning.

Edited by the developer of the EI model and BEVI method, and informed by contributions from leading U.S. and international scholars, this book featurescaptivating research findings and pioneering practice applications. Research-focused chapters explain how the EI model and BEVI method increase ourconceptual sophistication and methodological capacity across a range of areas: culture, development, environment, gender, politics, and religion.Practice-oriented chapters demonstrate how the BEVI is used in the real world across a range of applied domains: assessment, education, forensics,leadership, and psychotherapy. Written in an accessible and engaging manner, this fascinating and timely volume speaks to many of the most pressing issuesof our day, illuminating why we believe what we believe and demonstrating how our beliefs and values may be assessed, explained, and transformed in thereal world.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 18, 2015
  • Page Count 710
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826104526
  • EISBN 9780826104533

About The Author(s) 

Craig N. Shealy, PhD

, is the executive director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI; www.ibavi.org) and professor of graduate psychology at James Madison University. Dr. Shealy works with the IBAVI’s executive board to coordinate activities and initiatives such as

Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self,

a research-to-practice summit series (www.jmu.edu/summitseries).

Table of Contents 

CONTENTS

Contributors

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART I: MAKING SENSE OF BELIEFS AND VALUES: THE MEANING, ETIOLOGY, AND ASSESSMENT OF BELIEFS AND VALUES

1. Our Belief in Belief
Craig N. Shealy

2. Beliefs, Needs, and Self: Three Components of the EI Model
Craig N. Shealy

3. The EI Self: Real World Implications and Applications of EI Theory
Craig N. Shealy

4. Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI)
Craig N. Shealy

PART II: MAKING SENSE OF BELIEFS AND VALUES THROUGH RESEARCH: CULTURE, DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, GENDER, POLITICS, AND RELIGION

5. In Search of Best Practices for Multicultural Education: Empirical Evidence from the Forum BEVI Project
Mary Tabit, Lisa Legault, Wenjuan Ma, and Kayan Phoebe Wan

6. Identity Development and the Construction of Self: Findings and Implications From the Forum BEVI Project
Jessica Spaeth, Seth Schwartz, Usha Nayar, and Wenjuan Ma

7. Environmental Beliefs and Values: In Search of Models and Methods
Jennifer Kelly, Jenna Holt, Rituma Patel, and Victor Nolet

8. Understanding the Gendered Self: Implications From EI Theory, the EI Self, and the BEVI
Christen Pendleton, Sam Cochran, Shagufa Kapadia, and Chitra Iyer

9. Exploring the Etiology of Ideology: In Search of the Political Self Through the EI Model and BEVI Method
Adam J. Edmunds, Christopher M. Federico, and Lauren Mays

10. The Nature and Etiology of Religious Certitude: Implications of the EI Framework and Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory
Timothy W. Brearly, Kees van den Bos, and Charlene Tan

PART III: MAKING SENSE OF BELIEFS AND VALUES THROUGH PRACTICE: ASSESSMENT, EDUCATION, FORENSICS, LEADERSHIP, AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

11. The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI): Psychological Assessment Implications and Applications
Molly Coates, William Hanson, Doug B. Samuel, Marlana Webster, and Jared Cozen

12. The Forum BEVI Project: Applications and Implications for International, Multicultural, and Transformative Learning
Elizabeth Wandschneider, Dawn T. Pysarchik, Lee G. Sternberger, Wenjuan Ma, Kris Acheson, Brad Baltensperger, RT Good, Brian Brubaker, Tamara Baldwin, Hajime Nishitani, Felix Wang, Jarrod Reisweber, and Vesna Hart

13. Justice and the Nature of Human Nature: What, Why, and How Beliefs and Values Matter
Vesna Hart and Barry Glick

14. The EI Leadership Model: From Theory and Research to Real World Application
Kelly Dyjak-LeBlanc, Lindy Brewster, Steve Grande, Randall P. White, and Sandra L. Shullman

15. The Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI): Implications and Applications for Therapeutic Assessment and Intervention
Jared Cozen, William Hanson, John Poston, Sarah Jones, and Mary Tabit

PART IV: IMAGINING A WORLD WHERE BELIEFS AND VALUES MAKE SENSE

16. Imagining a World Where Beliefs and Values Make Sense: Future Directions and Further Reflections
Craig N. Shealy

Index