For the second time, 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 spirituality as a clinically-relevant personality trait, and how one can go about integrating spirituality into clinical practice.
1:30 – Why study spirituality or ‘the numinous’?
10:40 – What is ‘the numinous’?
19:30 – How can the numinous be incorporated into clinical practice.
36:50 – What are the three numinous motivations?
44:25 – What are the promising areas for progressing the integration of spirituality into psychology?
46:50 – How much does a mental health professional need to know about spirituality in order to bring it in to their work?
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Harold Koenig – Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor of Medicine at