ERIC Number: EJ784092
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Publication Date: 2008
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Rediscovering Awe: A New Front in Humanistic Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Society
Schneider, Kirk J.
Canadian Journal of Counselling, v42 n1 p67-74 2008
This article is adapted from an invited address to the University of Laval, Quebec City, on April 7, 2006. The purpose of the article is to describe an emerging psycho-spiritual paradigm that veers between dogmatic fundamentalism and postmodern nihilism. This "depth" spirituality is based on a rediscovery of our native capacity for "awe", and addresses the very fulcrum of our contemporary lives. It is a spirituality informed by the existential-theological tradition of Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich, Ernest Becker, and Rollo May, which welds the zeal and exaltation for religion with the scrupulosity and skepticism of science. Drawing from my recent book "Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, Mystery, and the Fluid Center of Life" (Schneider, 2004) as well as both film and literature, I explore the nature, power, and therapeutic implications of the spiritual capacity for awe.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Psychotherapy, Humanistic Education, Phenomenology, Postmodernism, Spiritual Development, Educational Psychology, Beliefs, Concept Formation
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