The Psychological Record

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 573–596 | Cite as

Understanding Mysticism

  • Linda J. HayesEmail author


As a form of human action, mystical exposition constitutes an aspect of the subject matter of behavior science. Presented for analysis, therefore, is a mystical conceptualization of human experience in which vexing problems of language, logic, truth, reality, time, and utility are confronted. Commonalities among the solutions achieved by mystics and contemporary physicists to these problems are discussed, culminating in the insurmountable problem for both of the unity of opposites. The value of this exposition for behavior analysts is demonstrated in indications that behavior science is headed down this same path and may thereby expect to ponder the same questions as are occupying mystics and physicists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology/296University of NevadaRenoUSA

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