Altered State

Publication Title: 
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

We sought to identify the mechanisms that cause strongly fused individuals (those who have a powerful, visceral feeling of oneness with the group) to make extreme sacrifices for their group. A large multinational study revealed a widespread tendency for fused individuals to endorse making extreme sacrifices for their country. Nevertheless, when asked which of several groups they were most inclined to die for, most participants favored relatively small groups, such as family, over a large and extended group, such as country (Study 1).

Author(s): 
Swann Jr., William B.
Buhrmester, Michael D.
Gómez, Angel
Jetten, Jolanda
Bastian, Brock
Vázquez, Alexandra
Ariyanto, Amarina
Besta, Tomasz
Christ, Oliver
Cui, Lijuan
Finchilescu, Gillian
González, Roberto
Goto, Nobuhiko
Hornsey, Matthew
Sharma, Sushama
Susianto, Harry
Zhang, Airong
Publication Title: 
Journal of Applied Psychology

This research meaningfully connects the literatures on identification and business ethics by proposing the new construct of moral identification. Moral identification is defined here as the perception of oneness or belongingness associated with an organization that exhibits ethical traits (e.g., care, kindness, and compassion), which also involves a deliberate concern of the membership with an ethical organization.

Author(s): 
May, Douglas R.
Chang, Young K.
Shao, Ruodan
Publication Title: 
Journal of Counseling Psychology

Most measures of spirituality privilege religious spirituality, but people may experience spirituality in a variety of ways, including a sense of closeness, oneness, or connection with a theistic being, the transcendent (i.e., something outside space and time), oneself, humanity, or nature. The overall purpose of the present 4 studies was to develop the Sources of Spirituality (SOS) Scale to measure these different elements of spirituality.

Author(s): 
Davis, Don E.
Rice, Kenneth
Hook, Joshua N.
Van Tongeren, Daryl R.
DeBlaere, Cirleen
Choe, Elise
Worthington Jr., Everett L.
Publication Title: 
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Awakening experiences are powerful and transcendent experiences that profoundly affect the individual. There appears to be an essential core experience of oneness. It is experienced as a completely subjective phenomenon where awareness contains reality and the notions of an external reality and a separate self are perceived as delusions. A model is presented of awakening experiences that postulates 3 layers of processing, sensory, perceptual, and cognitive, that separate external energy from awareness.

Author(s): 
de Castro, John M.

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