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Photos from the 2017 International Association for the Psychology of Religion Conference

Posted on23 Dec 2017
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It was a great honour to be part of this year’s International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) conference in Hamar, Norway. It was exciting to re-connect with many long-distance mentors. I gave a paper presentation on the topic, “Place Spirituality and Quality of Life in Australia”. The aim of my paper was to investigate whether place attachment is associated with outcomes of quality of life, and the extent to which this association is...
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Attachment-motivated Religious Conflicts and Psychopathology

Posted on08 Sep 2017
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What is the cause of religious-related conflicts and acts of terrorism? And how can we explain the conflicts from the perspective of the individual perpetrator? These questions are what I have attempted to address in my latest article on “Attachment Theory and Religious Violence” published in a special issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion on the Role of Religion in Violence and Peacebuilding. Here is an excerpt from the editorial which I believe...
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Between God and Self: On Youth Identity Crisis

Posted on07 Aug 2017
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There are reasons to believe that how we construct the self stems from our close relationship experiences, and in particular, in the existence of God as a symbolic attachment figure. In a study conducted with about one hundred young South African Christians, results reveal that this might be the case. This notion is consistent with the ideas of Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate who have both written extensively on attachment and authenticity. They stress the importance...
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A Caregiving Faith: What Does It Mean for Young People?

Posted on12 Jan 2017
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If we take as a premise that there is an enduring tie that bonds relational partners in a relationship then the paper The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A care-giving faith? should concern all of us, especially those working with young people. The main bulk of the argument in the paper was that youth faith experience precipitates from a ‘behavioural system’ known as the ‘attachment system’. It is said that a sense of attachment resonates with...
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PPT: MISSIONAL THERAPY — A Hermeneutic of Care for Christian Counselors

Posted on28 Dec 2016
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Imagine a hermeneutical approach that privileges the missio Dei as the key to interpreting our experiences of anxiety and conflict? I will be presenting this idea at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry Conference in Sydney come January 5, 2017. The presentation invites Christian counselors to engage in a missional therapy that interprets experiences of identity crisis and unhealthy thought patterns by drawing insights rooted in missional convictions and Christian hope. On this...
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2017: A YEAR OF PRODUCTIVITY

Posted on27 Dec 2016
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“Then God blessed them (with His character) and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion…” – Gen 1:28 After God had created ‘man’ in His image and blessed them with His character, He empowered them to be productive in order to have dominion over all that God had created. However, there are conditions attached to having this dominion: ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and...
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PPT: We Are Anxious But Authentic: Youth Identity Crisis and the Internal Conflict with the Divine and Self

Posted on05 Dec 2016
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I had the chance to give a presentation at the “Youth, Health and Practical Justice: A multidisciplinary conference” at the Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney (5 Dec., 2016). My presentation focused on Youth Identity Crisis and the Internal Conflict with the Divine and Self. Attachment and authenticity experiences were discussed as the building blocks of youth identity crisis. It was proposed that recognizing these central themes as the two greatest needs of young people...
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