PSYCHOLOGICAL MEANINGS OF “POSITIVE SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT” AND “PLACES TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD”

  • Laura Fernanda Barrera-Hernandez University of Sonora, México
  • Victor Corral-Verdugo University of Sonora, México
  • Cesar Octavio Tapia-Fonllem University of Sonora, México
  • Blanca Silvia Fraijo-Sing University of Sonora, México

Abstract

The spaces that surround and sustain daily life significantly influence people’s way of thinking, feeling and behaving. They also reflect personal and meaningful aspects of their lives. This study was aimed at investigating conceptions regarding spiritual environments and characteristics of places wherein individuals communicate with God or a “higher power”, seeking to find empirical support to the idea of positive spiritual environments (spiritual contexts that, simultaneously, promote human wellbeing and environmental conservation). Ninety-one undergraduate students participated in the study. The network of spiritual environment generated a network size of 137 words with a core of 28 words. The highest semantic weights were produced by peace, God, tranquility, love, faith, church, pray, harmony, beliefs, wellbeing, happiness, and relaxation. Characteristics of the place wherein people communicate with God produced a network size of 104 words and a core of 27 words. The most important of those words were: church, home, calm, room, quiet, school, sacred, natural, alone, street, prayer, and clean. Few words communicating concern for environmentally conservation behaviors were found within the network.

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Published
2015-09-29
How to Cite
Barrera-Hernandez, L. F., Corral-Verdugo, V., Tapia-Fonllem, C. O., & Fraijo-Sing, B. S. (2015). PSYCHOLOGICAL MEANINGS OF “POSITIVE SPIRITUAL ENVIRONMENT” AND “PLACES TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD”. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 11(26). Retrieved from https://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/6251