Spirituality and resilience

Explored pathways and unexplored territories

Authored by: Seema Mehrotra , Ravikesh Tripathi

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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Spiritual and religious beliefs and practices are universal phenomena that can be traced in almost all cultures. Spirituality has been defined in multiple ways, which is understandable in view of the complex nature of this phenomenon. Despite a lack of consensus in this regard, most definitions share certain features in common. We confine ourselves to two broad definitions of spirituality that seem to implicitly contain clues regarding its potential connections to well-being and resilience. Hill and Pargament (2008) defined spirituality as a search for that relationship or a process through which person seeks to discover, hold on to and even transform whatever it is that he or she holds sacred. De Jager Meezenbroek et al. (2012) defined spirituality as one’s striving for and experience of connection with oneself, connectedness with others and nature and connectedness with the transcendent.

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