Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
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Jung, Carl Gustav and the Psychology of Religion

  • Peggy KayEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200079

Carl Jung is widely regarded both within and outside of the psychological community as the preeminent and pioneer psychologist in the psychology of religion, as a psychologist who examines spiritual and religious contents of the psyche. He has asserted his theory of individuation as the psychological and experiential framework for spiritual transformation, as the psychological life cycle of spiritual individuation, transformation, and maturation. Jung shows psychologically how people transform spiritually. Healing, for Jung, is psychological wholeness, and in his theory of individuation, he examines the spiritual aspect of psychological wholeness.

Jung’s theory of the individuation process of spiritual transformation is systematic and phenomenological and occurs across the entire life cycle. Jung – psychiatrist and psychologist – was theoretically systematic and scrutinized experience in light of theory and theory in light of experience. He looked for psychological processes of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Division 36, Psychology of Religion and SpiritualityAmerican Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Division 32, Humanistic and Existential PsychologyTranspersonal Psychology Special Interest Group, American Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA