The Implicit Personality Theory of Islam

  • Smither R
  • Khorsandi A
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Almost every traditional personality theorist had something to say about religion, but the topic of how religious beliefs might affect individuals’ views of human nature remains largely unstudied. All religions, however, contain certain implicit ideas regarding personality that are likely to impact individual behavior. This article draws on Islamic sources to consider what a practicing Muslim might believe about motivation, personality development, the self, the unconscious, psychological adjustment, and the individual and society. In general terms, understanding these beliefs can be useful in the broader study of how cultural issues affect personality. More specifically, understanding Islamic beliefs related to personality can assist in planning for the provision of psychological services to Muslims, as well as understanding the psychological perspectives of Muslims who are not extremists. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

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  • Islam
  • culture
  • personality
  • religion

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  • Robert Smither

  • Alireza Khorsandi

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