Preliminary study of religious, spiritual and mystical experiences. Thematic analysis of Poles adult’s narratives
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SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty in Warsaw, Interdisciplinary Ph.D Program, Poland
SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty in Poznan, Poland
Submission date: 2016-04-12
Final revision date: 2016-07-18
Acceptance date: 2016-07-18
Online publication date: 2016-07-27
Publication date: 2016-09-26
Current Issues in Personality Psychology 2016;4(3):167–176
The aim of this study was to examine narratives of the personal religious, spiritual and mystical experiences of adult Poles (N = 74) and their impact on narrative identity. The method for collecting qualitative data about individual understandings and spiritual, religious and mystical experiences was the narrative interview, developed on the basis of the Life Story Interview. During the analysis, the following key topics were identified: awareness of the presence/protection of God, a peak experience, the awareness of oneness with nature and the world, and a sense of closeness/contact with a person who has died. This study provides specific information on the spiritual, religious and mystical experiences of the investigated group of Poles.
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