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Spiritual Identity: Personal Narratives for Faith and Spiritual Living
School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences, MCD 210, Fresno Pacific University, 1717 South Chestnut Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702, USA
Department of Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family, School of Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, 135 N, Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91182, USA
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Received: 21 March 2012; in revised form: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 13 April 2012
Abstract: In this article we outline a theoretical and methodological framework for spiritual identity as meaning in folk psychology. Identity is associated with psychological elements of personality that help people manage a time-bound existence. This discussion is extended on anthropological grounds, noting that spiritual goals are reinforced when they become symbolically self-important, often through religious ritual. This makes religious tradition and culture of monotheist exemplars centrally important to understanding idiosyncratic folk narratives like spiritual success.
Keywords: spiritual identity; personal narratives; traits; goals
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Reimer, K.S.; Dueck, A.C. Spiritual Identity: Personal Narratives for Faith and Spiritual Living. Religions 2012, 3, 251-265.
Reimer KS, Dueck AC. Spiritual Identity: Personal Narratives for Faith and Spiritual Living. Religions. 2012; 3(2):251-265.
Reimer, Kevin S.; Dueck, Alvin C. 2012. "Spiritual Identity: Personal Narratives for Faith and Spiritual Living." Religions 3, no. 2: 251-265.