Psychology and Spirituality: A House Divided

The relationship between psychology and spirituality is divided within itself. On the one hand there is the psychology of religion, which has recently broadened to become ‘the psychology of religion and spirituality’. On the other hand there is ‘transpersonal psychology’, which largely eschews religion and often seeks to integrate psychology…

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Psychosis and Spirituality

Many people have been impressed by the similarity between psychosis and spirituality. Some strange psychotic beliefs are explicitly religious, but there is also a more general similarity in the quality of thinking found in psychotic people and at least some religious people. They seem to have things in common that…

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Global Neighbourliness

Fraser Watts writes about Global Neighbourliness. There has been much talk about the recent lurch to populist right-wing politics being a response to ‘globalisation’. We live in a ‘global village’ in which there is increasingly free movement of money, goods, people and information. That poses challenges, because one part of…

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The Turn to Spirituality

The most striking feature of the current religious scene is the turn away from organised religion and towards ‘spirituality’. Many people seem to see religion and spirituality as alternatives, pitted against each other. Historically this is very strange, as almost all spirituality has roots in a religious tradition (especially if…

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