Conversion and the Quest for Meaning

  • Chana Ullman
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


The focus of previous chapters on the search for psychological salvation, for relief and approval, raises a difficult but inevitable question: Are there motives that precipitate the religious turnabout other than the avoidance of mental anguish? Describing conversion as an infatuation geared to provide psychological relief, are we excluding the possibility of a spiritual quest? Can one, in fact, differentiate a spiritual quest from a psychological one, a search for truth from a search for relief?


Religious Experience Religious Faith Religious Life Natural Good Catholic Church 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chana Ullman
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  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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