Newswise, 'Exploring the Significance of 'Sacred Moments' in Therapy', http://www.newswise.com/articles/exploring-the-significance-of-sacred-moments-in-therapy (Bowling Green State University, 5-Jan-2015).
Kinds of 'sacred moments' between therapists and their clients lead to improved well-being for both sides, demonstrating the value of paying close attention to the spiritual dimension between providers and their patients.
The term 'sacred moments' refers to brief periods of time in which people experience spiritual qualities of transcendence, ultimacy, boundlessness, interconnectedness and spiritual emotions.
Transcendence involves experiences that are perceived to be set apart from the ordinary and day-to-day, and go beyond the limited self. Ultimacy refers to experiences of deep truth. Boundlessness has to do with experiences that are perceived as beyond the limit of ordinary time and space. Interconnectedness involves perceptions of deep mutual understanding and caring. Spiritual emotions refer to experiences of uplift, awe, humility, mystery, gratitude, joy, peace and serenity.
It's important to note that the term 'sacred' is used in a psychological rather than theological sense.
This encounter between therapist and client can be (…) understood at a deeper, more profound spiritual level.
Pargament, Kenneth I.; Lomax, James W.; McGee, Jocelyn Shealy; Fang, Qijuan, 'Sacred moments in psychotherapy from the perspectives of mental health providers and clients: Prevalence, predictors, and consequences.', http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=2014-56345-003, Spirituality in Clinical Practice, Vol 1(4), Dec 2014, 248-262.
Ontmoeten, ontmoeting, spiritualiteit, haptotherapie
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