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The Psychology of Religion and Place

Emerging Perspectives

  • Victor Counted
  • Fraser Watts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Victor Counted, Fraser Watts
    Pages 1-12
  3. Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

  4. Empirical Applications and Practical Implications

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 335-340

About this book


This book examines the role of religious and spiritual experiences in people’s understanding of their environment, and how their place experiences are transformed in the process. The contributors consider how understandings and experiences of religious and place connections are motivated by the need to seek and maintain contact with perceptual objects, so as to form meaningful relationship experiences. The purpose is not to engage in comparative religion or analyse different religious traditions in relation to place, but rather to understand how people's perceptions of physical, imaginary and transpersonal objects shape their religious and place experiences. This book is one of the first scholarly attempts to discuss the psychological links between place and religious experiences. The chapters provide insights for understanding how people’s experiences with geographical places and the sacred serve as agencies for meaning-making, pro-social behaviour, and psychological adjustment in everyday life.


Placemaking Place Spirituality Place and Religion Spiritual Care Environmental Psychology Mental Wellbeing People-Environment Studies Social Scientific Study of Religion Sacred Places Attachment Theory Religious Attachment Nature Connectedness Nature and Wellbeing

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Counted
    • 1
  • Fraser Watts
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences and PsychologyWestern Sydney UniversitySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK

About the editors

Victor Counted, PhD, is Research Associate of the Cambridge Institute of Applied Psychology and Religion and teaches at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Fraser Watts, PhD, is Visiting Professor of Psychology of Religion at the University of Lincoln, UK, Executive Secretary of the International Society of Science and Religion and Director of the Cambridge Institute for Applied Psychology and Religion at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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