Zeitschrift für Spiritualität und Transzendentale Psychologie 2011, 1 (2) /
Journal for Spirituality and Transcendental Psychology 2011, 1 (2)



The cost of being different:

Schizotypy, hyper-permeable Ego structure,
and social reactions on spiritual experience

E. W. Harnack




Abstract

Schizotypy is a psychopathological concept that is inherently connected with spiritual issues, since it includes symptoms that could well be classified as elements of spiritual experiences. While some theorists suggest, therefore, that schizotypy may be partly interpreted as an expression of such spiritual experiences, the present concise case study indicates that non-spiritual symptoms of schizotypy may result from misunderstood and poorly integrated spiritual or other extraordinary experiences in a person’s early biography. Against this background, Western society’s way of dealing with individuals reporting unusual experiences must be questioned as a potential origin of psychological disorder.


Keywords: Schizotypy, spiritual experience, paranormal experience, exceptional experiences



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About the author:

E. W. Harnack holds a University degree in psychology and works as a licensed psychotherapist, certified clinical supervisor and independent scholar in Berlin, Germany.



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