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Spiritual Resiliency In Older Women records the narratives of spiritually resilient older German and American women. The authors suggest how persons of all ages can gain maturity and spiritual coping by participating in communities based on faith, which acknowledge the emotion of spiritual experiences and integrate faith and close human relationships.

Resiliency and Emotion
Resiliency and emotion

As we listened to the women in this study, and then listened again to their stories on tape, we heard evidence of many strong emotions. There were tears, sighs, whispers, and long pauses. Most of the women talked easily about their feelings and their affective experiences, relating them comfortably to their life stories and their spiritual lives.

Affect and Community

The relationship between affect and belonging to their religious group is strong for these women. Emotions are not seen simply as private matters but are anchored in the sacred symbols, history, and daily life of the faith community.

For Elisabeth, learning about her faith in a community setting is an emotional experience. She frequently gives voice to her feelings through poetry, thereby doing ...

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