Lisa J. Miller

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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This introductory article starts by defining psychology and discussing the importance of psychology and how it relates to spirituality. The contributors to this book see spirituality as being fundamental to the human constitution and foundational to the nature of the surrounding world. By deeply integrating spirituality into the existing landscape of psychology, this book hopes to reveal an entirely new formulation of psyche. In this book, spirituality is understood as ontologically real. Psyche connects us with the greater spirit, or consciousness, that is in us, through us and around us. This book defines an emerging field within a spiritual psychological framework, that of postmaterialism, a science beyond the limitations of exclusive ontological materialism and mechanism.

Keywords: psychology; spirituality; psyche; consciousness; postmaterialism; materialism; mechanism

Article.  2461 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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