Spirituality and emergent research methods

Authored by: Rosemarie Anderson , Jacqueline Linder

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
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Beginning in the early 1990s, transformative research methods uniquely suited to the study of spiritual experience emerged in the field of transpersonal psychology. The methods were developed by Rosemarie Anderson and the late William Braud (Braud and Anderson 1998; Anderson 2015a, 2015b; Anderson and Braud 2011) in collaboration with doctoral students at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, now Sofia University. Implicating our full human potential, these transformative approaches feature research as a sacred encounter, a journey of transformation that involves the researchers’ understanding of the topic and themselves as human beings.

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