I Believe, So I Am: Reflections on the Psychology of Spirituality


This book brings together the theoretical and research perspectives of scholars who are looking for the right relationship between religiousness and spirituality. With this question as her basis, and backed by many years of research, Katarzyna Skrzypińska introduces the Meaning Making Beliefs-Spirituality-Religiousness (MM B-S-R) and the Threefold Nature of Spirituality (TNS) models. These points of view specify the psychological elements as well as hypothetical and researched mechanisms of spirituality, paving the way for further exploration in the field. The whole is a proposal for a new approach to the concept of the spiritual sphere as a multi-factorial, multi-level phenomenon, involved in cooperation with the cognitive system and personality – which are important in the process of searching for the meaning of life as they have behavioral consequences resulting from the attitude towards the sacred / a-sacred and life.

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Katarzyna Skrzypińska, Ph.D. (1999), University of Gdańsk, is Professor of Psychology at that university. She has published numerous articles on beliefs, spirituality, religiousness and their associations with meaning in life and well-being. She is also the Founder and President of the Polish Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality and a member of the board of International Association for the Psychology of Religion.
 1 What Spirituality Is? Problems with Defining Spirituality, and Its Origins
 2 The Relationship between Spirituality and Religiousness
 3 Faces of Spirituality
 4 The Threefold Nature of Spirituality (TNS Model) – Empirical Investigation
 5 Further Perspectives of Research
Specialists, post-graduate and undergraduate students (and the academic libraries that serve them) who are interested in beliefs, views, attitudes, spirituality, religion, personality, and culture as the areas creating the meaning in/of life.
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