Transpersonal disciplines

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Transpersonal disciplines are academic fields of interest that study the Transpersonal. Among these disciplines we find Transpersonal psychology,[1] Transpersonal psychiatry,[1] Transpersonal anthropology,[1] Transpersonal sociology,[1] and Transpersonal ecology.[1] According to Walsh & Vaughan,[1] who conducted an extensive review on transpersonal definitions, transpersonal disciplines are those disciplines that focus on the study of transpersonal experiences and related phenomena. These phenomena include the causes, effects and correlates of transpersonal experiences and development, as well as the disciplines and practices inspired by them.

The question of whether transpersonal psychology should be considered one of a number of transpersonal disciplines appears to be answered affirmatively by Boucouvalas.[2] Boucouvalas discusses how sociology, anthropology, business studies, law, art, acting and ecology may all gain benefits from a transpersonal focus.

A 2005 edition of the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology has discussed transpersonal aspects of cinema, suggesting grounds for a merge between media studies and transpersonal psychology. This journal includes a seminal paper by Gaylinn,[3] arguing that the media is almost inherently transpersonal insofar as it involves addressing a wider community, therefore helping people to transcend their individuality. Gaylinn also discusses how aspects of films can be transpersonal.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Walsh, R. & Vaughan, F. "On transpersonal definitions". Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 25 (2) 125-182, 1993
  2. ^ Boucouvalas, M. (1999). Following the movement: from transpersonal psychology to a multidisciplinary transpersonal orientation. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 31(1), 27-39.
  3. ^ Gaylinn, D. (2005). Reflections on transpersonal media: An emerging movement. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 37(1) 1-8