Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/196059
Title:
The Influence of Intuition on the Development of Spirituality
Author:
Attig, Sheryl Adrienne
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Intuition is a way of perceiving the world that is fast, automatic, associative, and emotionally driven. In its most extreme form intuition is psychic ability, a sixth sense. Intuitive persons prefer to use intuition across many situations and do so consistently over time. Prior research links intuition with spirituality, yet fails to define a causal pathway. This dissertation aims at determining a causal connection through Structural Equation Modeling that shows that intuition influences spiritual experience, then spiritual belief or religious belief, or religious belief through spiritual belief, and then finally religious fundamentalism. It also tests a causal connection from intuition to schizotypy (mild, non-clinical schizophrenia-like symtpoms).A first model shows how intuition leads to spiritual experience, then to spiritual belief, then to religiousness, and finally to religious fundamentalism. The relationship between intuition and schizotypy proved not significant, yet not trivial. A second model, developed to account for more of the data and to use more generally accepted statistical procedures that are not "data based", shows similar relationships (intuition leads to spiritual experience and spiritual experience leads to spiritual belief) with some minor variations and more detail about the mediating factors involved in these relationships. And it shows how a new factor, contemplative, mediates the relationship between intuition and spiritual experiences, intuition and religiousness, openness and religiousness, and openness and spiritual experiences. In this second model the path from intuition to schizotypy is significant. Intuition in both models, although defined by different constructs, leads to spiritual experience. The type of spiritual belief and experience determined by intuition is decidedly spiritual, not just unusual experiences which one could interpret as spiritual.We created a new intuition scale, the Attig Intuition Scale, for this research. It proved to be reliable and valid. Intuition in both models, although defined by different constructs, leads to spiritual experience. The type of spiritual belief and experience determined by intuition is decidedly spiritual, not just unusual experiences which one could interpret as spiritual.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
development; intuition; personality; religion; spirituality
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Psychology; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Schwartz, Gary E.
Committee Chair:
Schwartz, Gary E.

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Influence of Intuition on the Development of Spiritualityen_US
dc.creatorAttig, Sheryl Adrienneen_US
dc.contributor.authorAttig, Sheryl Adrienneen_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIntuition is a way of perceiving the world that is fast, automatic, associative, and emotionally driven. In its most extreme form intuition is psychic ability, a sixth sense. Intuitive persons prefer to use intuition across many situations and do so consistently over time. Prior research links intuition with spirituality, yet fails to define a causal pathway. This dissertation aims at determining a causal connection through Structural Equation Modeling that shows that intuition influences spiritual experience, then spiritual belief or religious belief, or religious belief through spiritual belief, and then finally religious fundamentalism. It also tests a causal connection from intuition to schizotypy (mild, non-clinical schizophrenia-like symtpoms).A first model shows how intuition leads to spiritual experience, then to spiritual belief, then to religiousness, and finally to religious fundamentalism. The relationship between intuition and schizotypy proved not significant, yet not trivial. A second model, developed to account for more of the data and to use more generally accepted statistical procedures that are not "data based", shows similar relationships (intuition leads to spiritual experience and spiritual experience leads to spiritual belief) with some minor variations and more detail about the mediating factors involved in these relationships. And it shows how a new factor, contemplative, mediates the relationship between intuition and spiritual experiences, intuition and religiousness, openness and religiousness, and openness and spiritual experiences. In this second model the path from intuition to schizotypy is significant. Intuition in both models, although defined by different constructs, leads to spiritual experience. The type of spiritual belief and experience determined by intuition is decidedly spiritual, not just unusual experiences which one could interpret as spiritual.We created a new intuition scale, the Attig Intuition Scale, for this research. It proved to be reliable and valid. Intuition in both models, although defined by different constructs, leads to spiritual experience. The type of spiritual belief and experience determined by intuition is decidedly spiritual, not just unusual experiences which one could interpret as spiritual.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectdevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectintuitionen_US
dc.subjectpersonalityen_US
dc.subjectreligionen_US
dc.subjectspiritualityen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSchwartz, Gary E.en_US
dc.contributor.chairSchwartz, Gary E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFigueredo, Aurelio Joseen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJacobs, W. Jakeen_US
dc.identifier.proquest11176en_US
dc.identifier.oclc752261030en_US
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