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Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality

A Cross-Cultural Analysis

  • Heinz Streib
  • Ralph W. Hood, Jr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Points of Departure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Heinz Streib, Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 3-17
    3. Heinz Streib, Ralph W. Hood Jr., Barbara Keller
      Pages 19-26
    4. Heinz Streib, Constantin Klein, Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 27-38
    5. Barbara Keller, Heinz Streib, Christopher F. Silver, Constantin Klein, Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 39-51
    6. Barbara Keller, Constantin Klein, Anne Swhajor-Biesemann, Heinz Streib
      Pages 53-67
  3. Semantics of “Spirituality”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Constantin Klein, Ralph W. Hood, Christopher F. Silver, Barbara Keller, Heinz Streib
      Pages 71-85
    3. Heinz Streib, Barbara Keller, Constantin Klein, Anne Swhajor-Biesemann, Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 87-103
    4. Clemens Eisenmann, Constantin Klein, Anne Swhajor-Biesemann, Uwe Drexelius, Barbara Keller, Heinz Streib
      Pages 125-151
  4. Measuring Characteristics and Effects of “Spirituality”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Constantin Klein, Christopher F. Silver, Heinz Streib, Ralph W. Hood Jr., Thomas J. Coleman III
      Pages 165-187
    3. Heinz Streib, Constantin Klein, Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 189-203
    4. Heinz Streib, Ralph W. Hood Jr., Constantin Klein
      Pages 205-218
    5. Heinz Streib, Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 219-235
  5. Biographical Analyses—Methodological Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Heinz Streib, Michele Wollert, Barbara Keller
      Pages 239-249
  6. Varieties of “Spiritual” Biographies

  7. Consequences of Being “Spiritual”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Heinz Streib, Michele Wollert, Barbara Keller
      Pages 383-399
    3. Constantin Klein, Barbara Keller, Christopher F. Silver, Ralph W. Hood Jr., Heinz Streib
      Pages 401-436
    4. Barbara Keller, Matthew Durham, Femke Houben
      Pages 437-456
  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-457
    2. Ralph W. Hood Jr., Heinz Streib, Barbara Keller, Constantin Klein
      Pages 459-469
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 471-694

About this book

Introduction

This book examines what people mean when they say they are “spiritual”. It looks at the semantics of “spirituality”, the visibility of reasons for “spiritual” preference in biographies, in psychological dispositions, in cultural differences between Germany and the US, and in gender differences. It also examines the kind of biographical consequences that are associated with “spirituality”. The book reports the results of an online-questionnaire filled out by 773 respondents in Germany and 1113 in the US, personal interviews with a selected group of more than 100 persons, and an experiment. Based on the data collected, it reports results that are relevant for a number of scientific and practical disciplines. It makes a contribution to the semantics of everyday religious language and to the cross-cultural study of religion, and to many related fields as well, because “spirituality” is evaluated in relation to personality, mysticism, well-being, religious styles, generativity, attachment, biography and atheism. The book draws attention to the – new and ever changing – ways in which people give names to their ultimate concern and symbolize their experiences of transcendence. ​

Keywords

Cross-Cultural Study of Spirituality Deconversion and Spirituality Empirical Studies on Spirituality Personality and Spirituality Positive Adult Development and Spirituality Psychological Well-Being and Spirituality Psychology of Religion Spiritual and Religious Development Spirituality and Psychological Crisis Spirituality and Religion in Germany and Europe Spirituality and Religion in the United States Understanding Spirituality Varieties of “Spiritual” Biographies

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz Streib
    • 1
  • Ralph W. Hood, Jr.
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Bielefeld Professor of Religious EducationBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TennesseeChattanoogaUSA

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