Should psychotherapy consider reincarnation?

J Nerv Ment Dis. 2012 Feb;200(2):174-9. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182439836.


There is increasing recognition of the need to take into account the cultural environment and belief systems of psychotherapy patients because these values reflect basic assumptions about man's nature and the cognitive references used to cope with psychological difficulties. Currently accepted psychotherapeutic approaches take no account of the belief in life after death held by most of the world's population. The World Values Survey ( showed that there are large numbers of reincarnationists around the world, and whatever the reasons for believing in reincarnation, psychotherapeutic approaches should not ignore this significant group of people. Respect for patient opinions and subjective realities is a therapeutic need and an ethical duty, even though therapists may not share the same beliefs. Guidelines are suggested for professionals to develop collaborative models that help patients mobilize their intrinsic intelligence to find solutions to their complaints.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Culture
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy / methods
  • Psychotherapy / trends*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Religion*