Concepts of Soul and Spirit in Jung and Spiritual Traditions
Master of Arts (MA)
Committee or Advisor Chair
Philip A. Smith
soul and spirit, spiritualism, Jung, transpersonal psychology, psyche, mysticism
Ethics in Religion | Psychology | Religion | Transpersonal Psychology
The intent of this paper is to elucidate the apparent conflict between approaches to contemporary psychology which emphasize psyche, or soul, experience contrasted with advocates of spirit, or mystic, traditions.
The tradition which emphasizes psyche advocates the deepening of experience, the descent to the underworld of soul where pathology is embraced rather than rejected and where concern for death is ever-present. The spiritual traditions would, in contrast, appear to emphasize the illusory nature of mundane reality with its illusions by increased detachment and objectifying of perceived phenomena through mystic experience.
Graham, Jeanette R., "Concepts of Soul and Spirit in Jung and Spiritual Traditions" (1981). Johnston Master Theses (20th Century). 52.