RESEARCH INTERESTS

…found on the borderline between psychology and theology

Victor Counted is interested in the sociology and psychology 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, 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 PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

Looking at how religious experiences and the spirituality of religious believers can be interpreted from psychology and psycho-biology. 

  • THEOLOGY OF SPIRITUAL THERAPIES

Exploring different theologically and biblically based principles for spiritual care and Christian counselling.

  • RELIGION, PLACE, AND ATTACHMENT

Exploring the role of place attachment in religion, and investigating place as the product of an emotional attachment to God which involves a process of interaction that facilitates the interplay of exploration of place and attachment to a Divine attachment figure. 

  • RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS AND SPIRITUALITY

Exploring ways in which spirituality can be conceptualised as a relational process between the supernatural and the religious believer using psychoanalytic theory.

  • ATTACHMENT THEORY

Contributing to John Bowlby’s attachment theory by exploring various ways in which human religious behaviors can be interpreted through the framework of attachment.

  • AUTHENTICITY AND IDENTITY

Exploring identity formation, faith development, and self-hood through the idea of staying true to self in personality psychology.

  • AFRICAN DIASPORA QUALITY OF LIFE

Exploring the different ways in which the African diaspora negotiates their quality of life in relation to their physical health, environmental health, psychological health, and social relationships. 

  • MIGRATION AND SPIRITUALITY

Exploring the possible links between migration and spirituality within different diaspora and refugee contexts.

  • ADULT RELIGIOUS PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Exploring religious themes and behaviors relevant to understanding religious abnormal behaviors.   

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