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The Effect of Spiritual Exercises on the Integration of Self-System

Howard L. Sacks
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 18, No. 1 (Mar., 1979), pp. 46-50
DOI: 10.2307/1385377
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1385377
Page Count: 5
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The Effect of Spiritual Exercises on the Integration of Self-System
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Abstract

The application of a symbolic interactionist approach to the phenomenon of the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola suggests that individuals engage in this experience in an attempt to reconcile conflicting self-systems that arise in disparate social situations. A study of forty-six Jesuit novices was conducted over a four-month period, during which novices underwent intensive spiritual exercises. Results of the analysis confirm that the thirty-day initiatory experience did have a significant integrative effect on the self-systems of individuals in the sample.

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