The Janus face of schizotypy: Enhanced spiritual connection or existential despair?
Unterrainer, H-F and Lewis, A.J. (2014) The Janus face of schizotypy: Enhanced spiritual connection or existential despair? Psychiatry Research, 220 (1-2). pp. 233-236.
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It has been asserted that schizotypy has a negative relationship with subjective well-being. By employing a multidimensional measure of spiritual well being with 400 British College students we report a more complex relationship. The Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being and Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire-Brief Version were used and analysis made use of Canonical Correlational Analysis. Results suggested that two distinct relationships emerged between schizotypy and spirituality. First, a positive association between cognitive/perceptual features of schizotypy and spiritual connectedness emerged. Second a more global negative relationship between feelings of spiritual isolation and despair was found for all aspects of schizotypy. These findings challenge the previous literature based on one-dimensional subjective well being measures which have found only a negative relationship. However, the positive association between connectedness and cognitive-perceptual aspects of schizotypy raises import questions about the possible benefit of certain types of schizotypal experience.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Psychology and Exercise Science|
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