Clearing the Pathways to Self-Transcendence

Worth, Piers and Smith, Matthew D. (2021) Clearing the Pathways to Self-Transcendence. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. p. 648381. ISSN 1664-1078

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“Self-transcendence” is proposed as a way in which individuals might find relief and support in the context of COVID-19, as well as other times of uncertainty. However, the authors propose that the multiple definitions of self-transcendence within existing literature lean towards the complex, sometimes obscure, and imprecisely spiritual. A concern is that this creates a circumstance, where the possibility of supporting self-transcendence in a wider population will become excluding in this complexity. In this paper, we have undertaken a critical summary review focused primarily on historical foundations of the concept of self-transcendence, and key theoretical approaches in which self-transcendence and self-transcendent experiences are discussed with the motive of finding a clarity to understanding self-transcendence and the pathways towards it. We argue that this much-needed clarity in our understanding of self-transcendence may serve as an inclusive and democratized resource in which to support well-being and resilience in the context of COVID and beyond.

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Additional Information: ** From Frontiers via Jisc Publications Router ** History: received 31-12-2020; collection 2021; accepted 11-03-2021; epub 30-04-2021. ** Licence for this article:
Keywords: Psychology, self-transcendence, self-actualisation, COVID-19, flow, meaning
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Date Deposited: 14 May 2021 08:15
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