Psychological Aspects of the Role of Religion in Identity Construction

Brandt, Pierre-Yves
June 2013
Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science;Jun2013, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p299
Academic Journal
Religious plurality can generate fears through identity destabilization. Religions offer ressources for coping with fears. On one side, production of stereotypes follows a defensive way. On the other side, claim to be universal help to cross boundaries and to cope with stigmatization, misrecognition and discrimination. Coping strategies combine at least five aspects: community, intimate relationship, rules, construction of identity, and worlview. This article shows how these aspects are intertwined.


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