Title

Concepts of Soul and Spirit in Jung and Spiritual Traditions

Publication Date

1981

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Philip A. Smith

Committee Members

Douglas Bowman

Gordon Tappan

Keywords

soul and spirit, spiritualism, Jung, transpersonal psychology, psyche, mysticism

Disciplines

Ethics in Religion | Psychology | Religion | Transpersonal Psychology

Abstract

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.

Comments

Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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