My guest today is Professor Ralph Piedmont, Managing Director for the Center for Professional Studies, former Professor of Pastoral Counselling at Loyola University in Maryland, USA, and past president of the APA’s Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Ralph co-authored (with Teresa Wilkins) the recently published, Understanding the Psychological Soul of Spirituality.
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After a postdoctoral fellowship under two of the giants of personality psychology, Paul Costa and Robert McCrae, Ralph’s work has primarily focused on the five-factor model (FFM) of personality and studying spirituality using the methods of personality psychology.
In this conversation, we discuss the nature of spirituality as a personality trait (arguably the sixth personality trait!) that cuts across cultures and religions, it’s relevance for clinical practice and wellbeing and the nature of the FFM domain of openness to experience and its maladaptive expressions.
1:45 – Ralph’s background
3:45 – What is the numinous? And why is personality a good approach to it?
14:40 – What to make of the fact the people have the capacity for religious experiences.
19:50 – On Ralphs work on Experiential Permeability, which explores the maladaptive expressions of Openness to Experience.
29:50 – The relationship of openness and numinosity to schizotypy and schizophrenia.
42:10 – What is the role of spirituality in clinical practice?
Episode Links and References
Paul Tillich – The Courage To Be