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Vertical realities

This domain is about hierarchies, superiority and inferiority. Vertical dependencies as well as responsibilities. In one case, to have to depend on or to obey those who have authority, knowledge or competence that we ourselves are lacking: Local authorities, schools, and parents. God? In the second case, ones responsibilities for those who are younger, less experienced or inferior to ourselves . Those are roles that can vary over time and in different contexts. A question we can put forward to the material is: What do the interviewees says that can help us to understand how they relate to the vertical realities in life?

Themes and reflections that relates to this domain are grouped under the following headings: Parents and caregivers; To become a parent; The establishment; A new paradigm; Faith and knowledge; The Enlightened, and God.

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Concluding discussion

Proposing a model for dividing different ways of relating to the New age outlook on life, as well as speculates on some dimensions considered to be important when building a psychologically relevant model for differentiate between types of spiritualities:

Types of spiritual commitment

That within the group of New age followers could be elevated psychological distress (Granqvist, 2004) seems reasonable to assume on the basis of the present study as well. A worldview that greatly resembles the child’s omnipotent experiencing, comprising a somewhat peculiar or distant God, a ideal of love bordering inflation (Freud, 1929/2008), and which largely lacks gaps – such as the individual’s uncertainty could get its outlet in a still trust in that God’s ways may be inscrutable, but that God certainly cares about and loves him or her – is assumed to create a psychological tension that the individual needs to manage. It is possible to speculate on some different outcomes of that, given that the degree of conviction or dye of the doctrine is the same.

Types of spiritual worldviews

The psychological researchers disagree on whether there is an elevated level of mental distress or pathology among followers of New age spirituality and alike. Granqvist and Hagekull (2001) which found signs of this had recruited their respondents from different new-age places in a big city. Farias et al. (2005) who not found such signs had made resarch on e.g. English druids. A possible reason for this differences in outcome may be that in fact those are different groups with respect to important psychologically aspects.

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