Psychological Foundations of Formation

A Case Analysis

  • Anjali Miriam Dey CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
  • Tony Sam George CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru
  • Thomas Joseph Parayil Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bengaluru
Keywords: Counseling, Spiritual direction, Psycho-spiritual formation, Case analysis


A case analysis approach is used to illustrate how psychological theories can be used to explain the challenges faced in the formation. The psychological theories explaining the attachment styles, relationships, patterns in communication are used to understand the case of a formee who is facing the challenges that accompany the process of formation. The aspect of psychospiritual formation is reflected throughout the article and suggestions to formators about how to deal with similar issues are also discussed. In conclusion, the article reflects the need for formators to understand the interface between psychology and spirituality and its integration in the seminary to achieve a holistic approach for healing and personal growth of the formee.


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