The function of religion in the context of re-experiencing trauma: analyzing a case study with the concepts of transformational and transitional object

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Abstract

In this contribution, the functions of lived religion in the context of trauma will be examined from the perspective of psychology of religion by means of a case study. The case of Rachel, a twenty-year-old Dutch woman with a posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be discussed and analyzed with the concepts of transformational object (Bollas) and transitional object (Winnicott). These concepts from object relations theory highlight supportive and transformative functions of religious faith. When Rachel discusses her suffering with her Christian therapist, she explicitly connects her intrusive flashbacks with Christian faith. Hence, her case gives insight into the ways in which religious faith is used and lived out, and clarifies the psychological dynamics of lived religion in the context of trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrauma and Lived Religion
Subtitle of host publicationTranscending the Ordinary
EditorsRuard Ganzevoort, S Sremac
PublisherPalgrave / MacMillan
Pages113-127
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319918723
ISBN (Print)9783319918716, 9783030063177
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Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NamePalgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges

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