A Psychological Investigation of Spiritual Experiences

Eugenio Maria Capuani, Julie Junker, Katarzyna Rybus, Louisa Georgina Misterek, Meike Marie Anne Moonen, Mark Hans Rasmussen, Guldbrandsen Guldbrandsen & Leonard Brauch

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Spiritual experiences as scientific paradigm exist since the early beginning of psychology. Still, there is not a lot of research around them. In this project, theories from Freud and Jung regarding spiritual experiences are explored. Three interviews were conducted in order to see how people feel and think during spiritual experiences but also how they change their meaning of life. Moreover, this report suggests a new and more specific definition of spiritual experiences. In this qualitative approach, Jung’s theory w s fo d to be applicable. Rituals and symbols give meaning to situations which helps people to cope with them. They raise consciousness to solutions and positive approaches towards personal difficulties and so enable personal development. Since Fre d’s theory f ds tholog c l aspects in spiritual behaviour this research group were not able to test is applicability, since there was no educated knowledge how to indentify pathological behaviour. Generally, this report concludes on an overall pos t ve fl e ce of s r t l ex er e ces to erso ’s l fe. They contribute to both everyday life as also important personal transitions. The new definition of spiritual experiences was found successfully although we also found unclearities in the end.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2015
VejledereThomas Gitz-Johansen


  • Spirituality
  • Psychology