Spiritual bypass: A preliminary investigation

Craig S. Cashwell, Harriet L. Glosoff, Chereé Hammond

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The phenomenon of spiritual bypass has received limited attention in the transpersonal psychology and counseling literature and has not been subjected to empirical inquiry. This study examines the phenomenon of spiritual bypass by considering how spirituality, mindfulness, alexithymla (emotional restrictiveness), and narcissism work together to influence depression and anxiety among college students. Results suggested that mindfulness and alexithymia accounted for variance in depression beyond what Is accounted for by spirituality and that all 3 factors (mindfulness, alexithymia, and narcissism) accounted for variance in anxiety beyond what is accounted for by spirituality. Implications for counselors are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-174
Number of pages13
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


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