The Spiritual Self‐In‐Relation: Empathy and the Construction of Spirituality Among Modern Descendants of theSpanish Crypto‐Jews Journal Article uri icon



  • The research that is presented here explores the role that empathic attachment plays in the development of the religious self. Based on an ethnographic study of modern descendants of the Spanish crypto‐Jews, the work applies self‐in‐relation theory to the study of spirituality and religious belief acquisition among a population of individuals who, in adulthood, have modified their religious world view as a result of their crypto‐Jewish heritage. The findings of the research expand the parameters of self‐in‐relation theory in three important ways: 1) through an examination of the role that empathic attachment plays in adult conversion patterns; 2) through the elaboration of a developmental model that considers the significance of empathic attachment for sons as w ll as daughters; and 3) through an investigation into the relationship between ethnicity and spiritual development.

publication date

  • March 1, 2000

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • December 8, 2013 8:39 AM

Full Author List

  • Jacobs JL

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8294

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-5906

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 53

end page

  • 63


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