The Spiritual Self: Toward a Conceptualization of Spiritual Identity Development

Volume
Volume 31
Issue
Summer 2003
Title
The Spiritual Self: Toward a Conceptualization of Spiritual Identity Development
Abstract

Both researchers and practitioners have demonstrated considerable interest in identity development, and positive personal identities have been associated with numerous positive mental health outcomes. However, major theories of identity development have neglected the salience of spiritual identity, even though the early work of William James placed this as a central component of personality. This article reviews four major theories of identity development (cognitive, psychodynamic, systems, and narrative) and suggests spiritual identity parallels to these theories. A tentative model of spiritual identity development is presented. Implications for therapy and future research concerning spiritual identity development are discussed.

Authors
J.B. Poll and Dr. T.B. Smith
Pages
129 - 142
Price
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