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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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NASCIMENTO, Ananda Kenney da Cunha  e  CALDAS, Marcus Túlio. Spiritual dimension and psychology: the quest for wholeness. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2020, vol.26, n.1, pp. 74-89. ISSN 1809-6867.

This article aimed to research the spiritual dimension in psychology from the lines of thought of Viktor Emil Frankl, founder of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, and Carl Gustav Jung, creator of Analytical Psychology. To do so, we use the bibliographic method, emphasizing the use of the works of the authors and more contemporary interpreters of these authors. Logotherapy excelled for showing to be a therapeutic method structured with goals, procedures and facilitating techniques specifics for the patient who experiences some kind of existential suffering to seek and find meaning. Analytical psychology has showed that the psychotherapy envisions favoring the individual's process of psychic development, that is, awareness of consciousness, through the approach of the ego-Self axis. In this context, it values the influence of the Imago Dei archetype at the collective and individual levels, and the conscious experience of religiosity. Therefore, we conclude that the ideas of Frankl and Jung show more approximations than distances in relation to philosophical influences, the understanding of the importance of the conscious experiences of the human being with religiosity and spirituality in search of integration, unity, and wholeness of his dimensions. Differing in the understanding of the foundation of the spiritual dimension in man.

Palavras-chave : Religion; Spirituality; Psychotherapy; Psychology.

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