The moderating role of mystical-type experiences on the relationship between existential isolation and meaning in life

Alex Sielaff, Dylan E. Horner, Jeff Greenberg

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Abstract

Mystical-type experiences (MTEs) are unique phenomenological experiences that are often reported to induce significant and persisting changes in the experiencer's worldview. Previous research suggests that higher levels of existential isolation (EI) are associated with lower levels of meaning in life (MIL). This study examines the hypothesis that people who have had an MTE (compared with those who have not) will not show such a relationship between EI and MIL. Data from two samples (N = 2055) support the idea that those who have not had an MTE show a negative relationship between EI and MIL while those who have had an MTE show no relationship between EI and MIL. Implications and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111347
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume186
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Existential isolation
  • Existential psychology
  • Meaning
  • Mystical experience
  • Psychedelics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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