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Religions 2012, 3(2), 251-265; doi:10.3390/rel3020251

Spiritual Identity: Personal Narratives for Faith and Spiritual Living

1,*  and 2
1 School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences, MCD 210, Fresno Pacific University, 1717 South Chestnut Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702, USA 2 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 / Revised: 1 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 13 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spiritual Exemplars)
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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 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.

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