The Family Sanctum: The Promise of Love’s Continuing Enlargement Across the LifespanJournal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging (2015)
Humanistic psychology acknowledges that spirituality is woven into the very fabric of human existence; however, this article furthers the position that the human striving for love and connection is the very definition of human spirituality. By suggesting that the original human intention to connect re-emerges in each subsequent developmental stage, merely reconfiguring to fit the requirements of current developmental tasks, it argues that the early family is an important arbiter of human spirituality across the lifespan. Finally, this article posits that the experience and expression of spirituality in older age reflects either an unbroken link to the original affectionate connection to (biological or surrogate) family members, or the intentional vitalization of weakly formed early family ties.
- affectionate connetion,
- basic needs,
Publication DateJune 2, 2015
Citation InformationSabir, M. G. (2015). The Family Sanctum: The Promise of Love’s Continuing Enlargement Across the Lifespan. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 27(2-3), 241-251.