Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Ann GleigEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_544

The term psychospiritual has entered psychological and religious discourse as a loose designation for the integration of the psychological and the spiritual. As a broad term it can denote a variety of positions between psychology and spirituality: a supplementation, integration, identification, or conflation of the two fields. It is commonly used to describe a wide range of therapeutic systems which embrace a spiritual dimension of the human being as fundamental to psychic health and full human development and which utilize both psychological and spiritual methods (such as meditation, yoga, dreamwork, breathwork) in a holistic, integrated approach to healing and inner growth. Included here are Jungian psychology; Roberto Assagioli’s psychosynthesis; the post-Jungian archetypal psychology of James Hillman; transpersonal psychology, such as the work of Abraham Maslow, Stanislav Grof, Ken Wilber, Michael Washburn, and Charles Tart; the spiritual psychology of Robert Sardello; and a...

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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA