Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

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MENTAL HEALTH, RELIGION & CULTURE

Buxant, C., Saroglou, V., & Tesser, M. (2010).

Free-lance spiritual seekers: Self-growth or compensatory motives?

Vol. 13, 209-222

Over the last 20 years, the face of religion and religious involvement has undergone some significant changes. A growing number of people in Western nations are developing some form of "personal religion" rather than simply ascribing to traditional religions (p. 209). Buxant, Saroglou, and Tesser studied the personality variables of "free-lance spiritual seekers," or people who are interested in spirituality without being tied to a specific religious group (p. 210).

In order to tap into this population, the researchers passed out questionnaires at conferences focused on spirituality-related topics in the largest French-speaking cities in Belgium. Participants completed questionnaires on their attachment, need for cognitive closure, need for cognition, quest orientation, openness to experience, spiritual transcendence, and the importance of religion or spirituality in their lives. The questionnaires were completed anonymously and sent back to the researchers. …

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