Social Interest and Spirituality Creates Equilibrium For the Discouraged Person

A healthy interaction between social interest and spirituality creates a state of equilibrium for the discouraged person. Social interest involves a sense of social feeling and a transcendence of personal striving in the social world. Spirituality involves a deep sense of divine sacredness. The individual forms a state of equilibrium when a healthy balance between social interest and spirituality exists. The research findings showed that social interest and spirituality are so closely interdependent that what affects one, affects the other. Qualities characterized by social interest would also show positive spiritual qualities. The results indicated a positive correlation between social interest and spirituality supporting the hypothesis that healthy spirituality and social interest are linked. In addition, social interest was negatively associated with religious ethnocentrism and fundamentalism because of personal problematic conceptualizations.

Sterline S. Cryer
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