What is Transpersonal Psychology?
Transpersonal Psychology is the field of psychology that takes particular interest in the optimal well-being and expression of people, and so of humanity as a whole. It takes particular interest in authentic self expression.
Transpersonal Psychology is a full spectrum psychology, taking into account –
- The full range of human experience from severe dysfunction, mental and emotional illness to what is considered “normal” and healthy human functioning to exceptional human functioning evident in high levels of creativity and authentic personal expression
- Cognitive and behavioural components of the human psyche as well as human capacities for imagination, intuition, creativity, inspiration. These ordinary human capacities are seen to enable access to resources beyond oneself – to transpersonal, or spiritual, resources that are part of human consciousness
- All stages of human development from the pre personal (before the formation of a separate ego, or sense of self), to the personal (with a functioning ego), to the transpersonal stage of development where an expanded sense of self has emerged
- Body, mind, emotions, interpersonal relationships and the relationship to the natural world
What is it not?
Whilst undoubtedly having areas of overlapping interest, Transpersonal Psychology is distinct from the area of the “New Age” in that –
- It does not make claim to be a spiritual or religious movement, though its interest in the spiritual dimension of human life may well contribute to the consideration of such concerns as a standard part of human psychology
- Transpersonal Psychology is an academic discipline with scholarly interest in the full range of human experience and expression
Although fundamentally interested in the spiritual aspect of human experience, Transpersonal Psychology is not a religion –
- The words transpersonal and spiritual refer to aspects of human functioning that are potentially available to all individuals in all cultures and are as such differentiated from religion, which is defined as the belief system of a particular group
- Transpersonal Psychology does not require that people have affiliation to any one religion although individuals may, and are welcome, to discuss their experiences in religious terms as above all Transpersonal Psychology respects the individual. Indeed, whilst having interest in the spiritual dimension, Transpersonal Psychology does not require people to have spiritual interests. It is an approach that above all values individual expression and meaning.
Transpersonal psychology is not Paranormal Psychology, having a broader range of interest, but can and does draw upon the insights offered by Paranormal Psychology and its interest in such areas as telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance…
Why would I seek Transpersonal Therapy?
- For help with physical or mental health conditions, in which there is a need to expand assistance beyond coping and practical solutions to questions of meaning and personal growth
- If you have an interest in personal or spiritual growth
- If you are experiencing a period of change, transition or stress arising from relationship issues, job loss or change, loss of a friend or family member, separation or divorce
- If you are unsure as to what you need to talk about but just need support to think about your life, what you might need when you just want things to get better and need to figure out – how?