Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Spiritual Bypass: A Defense Against Wholeness
by Navaneethan, Muraliselvam, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2016, 53; 10076224
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis explores the spiritual-bypass phenomenon identified by John Welwood and how it can be a defense against wholeness as defined in Jungian psychology. Using hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies, and drawing on depth psychological theories, the author discusses the various forms of spiritual bypass and the underlying shadow dynamics, such as emotional repression. The author examines the nature of psychological and spiritual development through states and stages of consciousness development, healthy transcendence versus unhealthy transcendence, and the Jungian process of individuation toward wholeness. The research also explores contributing factors to spiritual bypass including the effect of early childhood attachment style and demonstrates the significance of integrating psychological development in a spiritual path. Finally, the author provides suggestions for therapists working with clients who may be in spiritual bypass.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Spirituality
Keywords: Shadow work, Spiritual bypass, Spiritual materialism, Spiritual psychology, Wholeness
Publication Number: 10076224
ISBN: 978-1-339-58538-3
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