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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 2010–2022 | Cite as

A Longitudinal Case Study: The Development of Exceptional Human Experiences of Senior Ecclesiastical Professionals in the Catholic Church

  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
  • Rian Viviers
  • Aden-Paul Flotman
  • Detlef Schneider-Stengel
Original Paper

Abstract

Exceptional human experiences (EHEs) impact on health and well-being and can contribute to enhanced intercultural and interreligious awareness and understanding. The aim of this longitudinal study was to explore the development of EHEs in a group of senior professionals in the German Catholic Church. Exceptional human experiences were measured through the EEQ in pre- and post-test questionnaires which were qualitatively analysed. The results of this study reflect an increase in the frequency of positive spiritual experiences and visionary dream encounters, as well as a more positive evaluation of these spiritual phenomena. The findings seem to suggest that it is possible to raise people’s awareness of spiritual practices and to enhance intercultural and interreligious competence through training interventions.

Keywords

Spirituality Exceptional human experiences Interculture Training German Catholic Church 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank the Catholic Church in Germany for commissioning this research project and all the individuals who participated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
    • 1
  • Rian Viviers
    • 1
  • Aden-Paul Flotman
    • 1
  • Detlef Schneider-Stengel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Organisational PsychologyUniversity of South Africa (UNISA)Pretoria, GautengSouth Africa
  2. 2.Personal Referee for Interreligious DialogueBistum EssenEssenGermany

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