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The role of religion in transformation: its implication for counselling Khorasani Mansoor, Mitra


A multiple case study approach was used to understand the patterns of transformation from a state of meaninglessness to one of meaningfulness. The informants of this study were three Canadian who were members of the Baha’i faith: one female and two males, from diverse cultural backgrounds. The in-depth interviews were subsequently written down in narrative accounts of their transformation experiences. These narrative accounts were validated by each informant. Common themes across the accounts were identified and as a final report these themes were synthesized into a general story. The common themes portrayed their movement from meaninglessness and purposelessness to meaningfulness and purposefulness. A meaningful purpose in life gave rise to the informants’ sense of agency in life. The common themes, among other things, emphasized the importance of friendship and belief in God in the transformation experience.

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