Chapter 17. On the Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. John, Lord Alderdice Psychiatrist

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch17

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Alderdice, J. L. (2010) On the Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. House of Lords (London), United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • on psychology of religious fundamentalism;
  • heresy trial of J. Ernst Davey;
  • protestants and partition politics in Ireland;
  • psychoanalysis, faith and religion;
  • fundamentalism and holy scripture;
  • fundamentalism and group psychology;
  • regression and loss of tempero-spatial functions;
  • regression and reconstruction of large-group identity;
  • fundamentalism, radicalization and violence;
  • fundamentalist religious convictions and radicalized activists - managing deterioration in global security


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Heresy Trial of J. Ernst Davey

  • Protestants and Partition Politics in Ireland

  • Fundamentalist Certainty and Political Uncertainty

  • Psychoanalysis, Faith and Religion

  • Fundamentalism and Holy Scripture

  • Fundamentalism and Group Psychology

  • Regression and the Loss of Tempero-Spatial Functions

  • ‘Violence and the Sacred’

  • Regression and Reconstruction of Large-Group Identity

  • Fundamentalism, Radicalization and Violence

  • References