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Historical Figures of the Psychology of Religion

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Saw religious concepts as being limited by conceptualization limits within young children.
Thought that a mature religious worldview could serve as an overarching philosophy.
Defined both religious experiences and mysticism using psychological terminology.
Developed the “Step Theory” of conversion to “cults.” (2 words, no spaces).
Considered to be the “Father of American Psychology.”
Believed that conversion was comparable in certain respects to creativity or a new way of seeing the world.
Saw religion as only a form of the search for knowledge.
Saw religion as an ideology shared by a group that benefited the individual.
Believed that religion was beneficial only when applied to Individual Psychology.
Believed that development of religion was best represented by comparable stages.
Described religion as “numinous,” or as the power or being of divinity.
Saw conversion as offering relief from psychological distress.
Considered individuation to be the main task of human development.
Coined the term “Psychology of Religion.”
Produced the survey and scale for right-wing authoritarianism.
Emphasized the role of religion within his stages of development.
First president of both the APA and Clark University.
Believed that humans used religion and God for their own individual needs.
Believed that different kinds of deprivation lead to eventual conversion to New Religious Movements (NRMs).