The topic of spirituality has been of interest for many years in the helping professions (Matise et al., 2018; Pargament, 2011). Another level of interest is how spirituality may be connected to anger that is culturally informed (Subarimaniam et al., 2020). This writing approaches the topic of functional anger as impacted by the religious and spiritual beliefs with case vignettes pertinent to students, pastoral counselors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, and other helping professionals. The topic of spirituality has been of interest for many years in the mental health profession yet is pertinent to all helping professions (Matise et al., 2018; Pargament, 2011). This writing seeks to close the gap between current practices for pastoral helpers, psychologists, clergy, nurses, social workers, and psychotherapists when a client presents with anger that is connected to religious or spiritual beliefs. The context for these topics will be from a spiritually integrated framework that recognizes religious and spirituality as a uniquely held perspective of the client (ACPE, 2019; Jones, 2019; Pargament, 2011). There is no expectation of expertise for any one specific faith tradition and no disrespect intended for religious or spiritual research that has been included in the examples.
McGinnis, Carol Z.A., "Religious and Spiritual Implications in Functional Anger" (2022). Counseling Educator Scholarship. 13.
Originally published as:
McGinnis, C. (2022). Religious and Spiritual Implications in Functional Anger. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1177/15423050221117765