An Appraisal of Psychological & Religious Perspectives of Self-Control
Journal of Religion and Health
Format: Journal Article
Library/Archive: Copyright © 2008 Springer
Sources ID: 21818
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project, Contemplation by Applied Subject, Psychology and Contemplation, Science and Contemplation
The boundary between psychology and religion is at its murkiest around topics of interest to both forms of discourse. An attempt to clarify some of the boundary issues specifically present in discussions of self-control or self-regulation, this paper begins by examining self-control in healthy psychological functioning. Research on feedback loops, information processing and ego depletion have highlighted key psychological mechanisms involved in self-control. Next this paper explores common themes in religious perspectives regarding the virtue of self-control and self-restraint. A clear preoccupation of major religious traditions is the management of human passion and desire. In conclusion, three boundary concerns relevant to both psychology and religion are discussed: the meaning of virtue, differences in defining the self in self-control, and relational concerns important to understanding self-control.