Development and Yearning

Postformal Thought and Spirituality
  • Jan D. Sinnott
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)


In this chapter, we will discuss four related ideas. First, I propose that spirituality (as opposed to religiousness), as it becomes conscious, makes use of the type of complex cognition that I have described in this book, a type known as postformal thought. Second, we examine how we might perform psychological research on spiritual development using the theory of postformal thought. Third, we examine the overlapping of the new physics, Eastern spirituality, and postformal thinking. Finally, I propose that being able to think postformally facilitates the individual’s being able to live in balance, integrating mind, emotions, body, and spirit into the dance of living.


Unitative State Spiritual Experience Spiritual Development Postformal Thought Spiritual Realm 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan D. Sinnott
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  1. 1.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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