What is transpersonal psychology? Transpersonal psychology is a sub-field of psychology that pays special attention to the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience. Transpersonal means “beyond the personal” or “beyond the self.” Whereas conventional psychology has traditionally looked at so-called ordinary experiences and mental illness, transpersonal psychology is interested in non-ordinary experiences. These can be mystical and psychic experiences, near-death experiences, visionary states of consciousness, aspects of dreaming, healing, meditation, and experiences of enlightenment … to name a few. Transpersonal psychology tends to examine the further reaches of our human potential, focusing less on our shortcomings and individual differences, and more on what we’re capable of becoming in our interconnectedness.
One of the great things about Atlantic University is that so much of our curriculum integrates academic knowledge building with experiential practice. Not only do you get to research and discuss these topics within a supportive community, but you learn practices to further your own transpersonal development so you can see these things for yourself. And, if you like, you can learn how to share these things with others.
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