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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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AMATUZZI, Mauro Martins. Faith and ideology in the psychological understanding of the person. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2003, vol.16, n.3, pp. 569-575. ISSN 1678-7153.

This is a theoretical study that intends to discuss faith and ideology as the person's psychological dimensions influencing his/her action. It follows the roads of a phenomenological reflection about the experience. Faith and ideology appear as complementary, not opposite, dimensions. Faith concerns the connection with the intended, but not still experienced, ends. Ideology concerns the vision of the world subsequent to that connection with the ends. Several domains of the process experience are examined: the individual, the group, the social, the ecological and the spiritual. Both faith and ideology are evident in all these domains. Faith becomes explicitly or implicitly religious in the context of the experience of the inquiry concerning the ultimate meaning. Then it is also follows an including ideology. Both will have an influence on all the other domains of the experience. Psychology cannot ignore the states of faith and ideology for understanding the human.

Keywords : Faith; ideology; psychology.

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