Victor Counted is interested in the psychology and sociology of religion, and in particular the role and theology of spiritual care. With empirical research experience in Africa, Europe, and Australia, Victor’s research examines the role of real and imagined relationships in religion, psychotherapy, and mental health. As an interdisciplinary voice, Victor is found on the borderline between theology and psychology, with research interests fusing around issues related to the following:
PRIMARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
Investigating how religious experiences and the spirituality of religious believers can be interpreted from social psychology and psychobiology.
Exploring different theologically and biblically based principles for spiritual care and Christian counseling.
SECONDARY RESEARCH INTERESTS
Exploring the role of place attachment in religion, and its association with health-related quality of life outcomes.
Exploring ways in which spirituality can be conceptualized as a relational process between the supernatural and the religious believer using psychoanalytic theory.
Expanding John Bowlby’s attachment theory to include the various ways in which the theory can help in understanding adult relationship experiences with close others, geographic places, divine entities, and other lifespan attachment development areas.
Exploring identity formation, faith development, and self-hood through the idea of staying true to self in personality psychology.
Exploring the different ways in which the African diaspora in the West negotiates their mental wellbeing and quality of life in relation to a range of confounding factors.
Exploring the possible links between migration and spirituality within different diaspora and refugee contexts.
Exploring religious themes and behaviors relevant to understanding religious abnormal behaviors.