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Psychology of Religion

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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PPT: The Circle of Place Spirituality

Posted on28 Nov 2016
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Last week i had the opportunity of presenting part of my research in the Netherlands at the Australian Association for the Study of Religion Conference at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. The presentation was a look at place as the product of an emotional attachment to God. Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression analyses were used to examine the relationship between the place attachment attitudes and attachment to God behaviours of members (n=175) of the African diaspora...
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New Paper: The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation

Posted on19 Oct 2016
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Pleased to announce my new article, “The Psychology of Youth Faith Formation: A Care-giving Faith?” in Journal of Youth & Theology via Brill. The idea of the paper came from my Youth Identity Crisis research in Stellenbosch South Africa few years ago. The paper investigates what inspires an attachment behaviour towards God, showing how young people develop their faith experience along four relational pathways. Below is the abstract and you can access the paper here:    ...
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PPT: Spirituality and Well-being in South African Youths

Posted on27 Sep 2016
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In case i bumped into you at your church some three years ago in Stellenbosch, making some funny jokes to cheer you up to fill out a survey for me, here are some slides that give a visual clue of what’s happening when you experience God as a relational partner. I had the opportunity of discussing the results from the research today at the Spirituality, Culture, and Wellbeing Conference at Exclesia College, Sydney. While I...
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New Paper Alert: Missionising Youth Identity Crisis

Posted on04 Aug 2016
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Ever thought of a missional therapy or a missional hermeneutic of care? I am pleased to announce my new article, “Missionising Youth Identity Crisis: Towards a missional hermeneutic of care in youth ministry practice” in Missionalia: Southern African Journal of Missiology, 41:1, pp.82-102. The paper introduces an interpretative framework that can assist Christian counselors in helping hurting youths. The model elaborates on the missional basis of biblical interpretation as a powerful framework within which to...
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