Conversion and personality Change

Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor, Department of Study of Religion, University of Religions and Denomination


This article is review issue conversion and personality change. First, we narrative history hole prespetive on “converts”. Fore issue profound understanding analyses definition and variety of religion conversion and personality. Next, how can explaning and what level or aspects psychological stereyotype conversion influence on personality. In final, we analysis conversion in disciplinary that relation to cultural, social, intellectual, historical. This model is process and interactional: contex, crisis, quest, interaction, incounter, commitment, consecuences. In final, we have three conclusion: first, conversion is happen on special levels. Second conversion explaning for new identity and self- confidence and third researchers of personality thay can evaluate hypothesis to believes network.


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