Transpersonal Psychology: Defining the Past, Divining the Future
Authors: Glenn Hartelius; Mariana Caplan; Mary Anne Rardin (Show Biographies)
Affiliation: California Institute of Integral Studies,
DOI: 10.1080/08873260701274017 Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Published in: The Humanistic Psychologist, Volume 35, Issue 2 April 2007 , pages 135 - 160
Retrospective analysis of definitions published over some 35 years suggests the major subject areas of the field can be summed up in three themes: beyond-ego psychology, integrative/holistic psychology, and psychology of transformation. Theme frequency analysis reveals that early emphasis on alternative states of consciousness has moderated into a broader approach to human transcendence, wholeness, and transformation. This expanded definition of transpersonal psychology suggests the field has much in common with integral psychology. As a comprehensive, historically based content summary, this tripartite definition contributes a small but vital piece to the foundation of a transpersonal vision that is spreading across the globe. While transpersonal psychology still needs to embody the inclusiveness and diversity that it represents, its vision is one of great relevance to the contemporary human condition.
The Self System: Toward a New Understanding of the Whole Person (Part 3)
Author: D. B. Sleeth - D. B. Sleeth received an MA in humanistic and transpersonal psychology from Sonoma State University, an MA in counseling psychology from Argosy Graduate School in San Francisco, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. He currently practices family therapy with disadvantaged youth and young adults in Northern California. D.B. Sleeth lives with his wife of 11 years, both of whom are active members of Adidam, the spiritual community of the nondual spiritual master, Avatar Adi Da Samraj.
DOI: 10.1080/08873260709336696 Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Published in: The Humanistic Psychologist, Volume 35, Issue 1 March 2007 , pages 45 - 66
Of all psychology concepts, perhaps none has a more lengthy history or engendered more controversy and ambiguity than that of the self. Indeed, the self has come to mean so many things that it hardly means anything at all. Consequently, there is currently no single theory integrating all the various meanings of the self concept. Therefore, the primary purpose of this article is to develop an overarching metapsychology by which all aspects of the self can be understood. To accomplish this purpose, this article engages in a hermeneutic analysis of the self as it appears in transpersonal psychology and also what could be called transcendental psychology (i.e., nondualism). In so doing, it is possible to identify two principle concepts by which the various aspects of the self can be compared and classified: the S/self and the Twin-Tiers, the presence of both a lower self and deeper Self as aspects of the individual; as well as the presence of nondual reality (i.e., God), which is described relative to two fundamental processes: the Illusion of Relatedness and the Grid of Attention.
Author: Rolf von Eckartsberg (Show Biography)
Affiliation: Duquesne University,
DOI: 10.1080/08873260701828920 Publication Frequency: 4 issues per year
Published in: The Humanistic Psychologist, Volume 36, Issue 1 January 2008 , pages 9 - 18