Psychology of Mystical Experience: Muḥammad and Siddhārtha

A comparison between Muḥammad and Siddhārtha's psychological states is made to identify how they had their mystical experiences and how their presuppositions and personalities shaped their interpretation of these experiences. Muḥammad's mystical experience appeared to be based on an altere...

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Published in:Anthropology of consciousness
Main Author: Galadari, Abdulla
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: American Anthropological Association [2019]
In: Anthropology of consciousness
Year: 2019, Volume: 30, Issue: 2, Pages: 152-178
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Buddha v563-v483 / Muḥammad 570-632 / Mystical experience / Religious psychology
IxTheo Classification:AG Religious life; material religion
AX Inter-religious relations
BJ Islam
BL Buddhism
Further subjects:B Buddhism
B Islam
B Psychology
B Personality
B Mystical Experience
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:A comparison between Muḥammad and Siddhārtha's psychological states is made to identify how they had their mystical experiences and how their presuppositions and personalities shaped their interpretation of these experiences. Muḥammad's mystical experience appeared to be based on an altered state of consciousness. Siddhārtha's teachings include that one must not have blind faith and remain open to various truths. These teachings may reflect that he was high in openness to experience, which may have fortified him from becoming delusional. While mystical experiences may have pathological overlaps, they could be categorized in a similar way to psychological states. Yet, mindful presuppositions and personality traits, especially from within openness to experience spectrum, are what make perceptions of these experiences diverse.
ISSN:1556-3537
Contains:Enthalten in: Anthropology of consciousness
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1111/anoc.12116