This book examines what people mean when they say they are "spiritual". It looks at the semantics of "spirituality", the visibility of reasons for "spiritual" preference in biographies, in psychological dispositions, in cultural differences between Germany and the US, and in gender differences. It also examines the kind of biographical consequences that are associated with "spirituality". The book reports the results of an online-questionnaire filled out by 773 respondents in Germany and 1113 in the US, personal interviews with a selected group of more than 100 persons, and an experiment. Based on the data collected, it reports results that are relevant for a number of scientific and practical disciplines. It makes a contribution to the semantics of everyday religious language and to the cross-cultural study of religion and to many related fields as well, because "spirituality" is evaluated in relation to personality, mysticism, well-being, religious styles, generativity, attachment, biography and atheism. The book draws attention to the - new and ever changing - ways in which people give names to their ultimate concern and symbolize their experiences of transcendence.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 694
Weight: 1778 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 44 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2016
"The book's chapters, most of which could be read as separate research articles, together address the question of what the word `spirituality' is popularly understood to mean, especially when it is counterposed with the term `religion,' as in the familiar phrase `spiritual but not religious.' ... this is an exceptionally comprehensive and often-technical book ... . this book can be viewed as a catalogue of research methods and types of knowledge gained." (Peter la Cour, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, August, 2016)