Love and relationships are of central importance in people’s lives, and the process of choosing a mate for marriage is often depicted as containing ineffable, magical, and mysterious qualities. Research on mate selection has been limited by this point in time to studies based on evolutionary psychology and social psychology perspectives, and little formal literature is available that explores the more transcendent, transpersonal, and mysterious factors involved. The purpose of this qualitative study was to investigate the transpersonal factors involved in premarital courtship and the marriage decision process in order to formally reveal and acknowledge this perspective on mate selection. Eighteen married or engaged individuals who reported having had extraordinary and transpersonal experiences during courtship were interviewed. Thematic analysis identified 19 different kinds of transpersonal experiences that occurred during participants’ mate selection processes. Six other themes were identified and included transpersonal factors that were found to have been present prior to the initial meeting, to have occurred during early stages of the relationship; and to have influenced a sense of certainty, catalyzed the actual marriage decision, contextualized the purpose for being brought together, and revealed the qualities of a transpersonally inspired partnership. Results provide evidence for this phenomenon, articulate a model of understanding of these events, and serve as a frame of reference for individuals experiencing or seeking this variety of mate selection. This study presents an alternative perspective on mate selection useful for individuals, psychologists, and mate selection researchers and theorists, as well as premarital counselors.
|Commitee:||Achterberg, Jeanne, Pearson, Peter|
|School:||Institute of Transpersonal Psychology|
|Department:||Residential Transpersonal Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Marriage decision, Mate selection, Premarital counseling, Spirituality, Synchronicity, Transpersonal factors|
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