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Rituals and Psychology

Psychological Perspectives


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Ken Silvestro, PhD.

Rituals surround us every day in small and big ways. In a previous article, I described that our morning and evening routines are rituals. Of course, we never think of our routines as rituals because these ritual behaviors can be so common and familiar. For example, we might exercise at 8 a.m. every day, eat breakfast after exercising, shower after breakfast, feed the dog and go to work. Such behaviors are scheduled in our minds as patterns for our daily routines but patterned behaviors are rituals.

These every day rituals provide us with a sense of control, the familiar and denial that we...

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