This book offers new possibilities for mental health professionals who are looking for ways to adapt traditional therapy and counseling techniques to address the spiritual and psychological issues their clients face. The author utilizes an Adlerian Individual Psychology perspective, which rejects biological determinism and focuses on the influence of powerful environmental factors on personality.
This book provides specific methods and guidelines for applying Individual Psychology concepts to clients of each of the world's major religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam. The author offers a wealth of insight into the customs, theories, and philosophies of each religion. With this knowledge, mental health professionals can use Individual Psychology methods and techniques to better understand and assist clients.
- Discusses how Individual Psychology can be integrated with Christian spirituality
- Examines the relational and social theories of Judaism as compared to Adler's theories of social interest
- Compares Adler's theories with the ethical, spiritual, and social systems of Islam
- Reviews the doctrines of Hinduism, including the belief in karma and reincarnation, the goals of life, and the paths to God
- Presents case examples to illustrate how psychological and spiritual problems may be approached using Adlerian psychotherapy