Document Type : Scientific Research Manuscript


1 sociology, social science, peyam noor, Tabriz, Iran

2 Professor of Strategic Management, Payam-e-Noor University, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social science, Islamic Azad University Central Branch, Tehran, Iran

4 Associate Professor of Sociology of Development, Payām-e-Noor University, Tehran, Iran


The current study is an attempt to analyze the attitudinal developments that have occurred in the social transactions of the members of the so-called Psymentology spiritual group. The study is a descriptive one and has been conducted according to the principles of the Grounded Theory on fourteen current (active and non-active) and former members of the group. Results of analyses showed the changes occurred to the members of the two groups are not similar and are sometimes contradictory. In other words, the ideology that member have gotten through participation in the group and their spiritual experiences are not similar for the two groups; in other words, the current members evaluate such ideology as positive, while the former members have contrasting views. Cognitive and attitudinal changes among the members have been classified into four groups, each one with specific consequences. Identifying the hidden aspects of oneself, perceiving oneness in the universe and being united with it, believing in the consciousness of the existence and handing over all issues to it, and believing in the existence of non-organic beings.


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