Spirituality, Self-compassion and Life Satisfaction in Literary Writers

Thesis Title: Spirituality, Self-compassion and Life Satisfaction in Literary Writers

Student Name: Sehrish Rani

Supervisor: Zaeema Farooq

Degree: BS

Year: 2014-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The current study aimed to investigate the relationship between spirituality, self-compassion and life satisfaction in literary writers. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship between spirituality, self- compassion and life satisfaction. Spirituality and self-compassion were likely to predict life satisfaction. It was also hypothesized that self- compassion was likely to moderate the relationship of spirituality and life satisfaction. The sample comprised of literary writers N = 90 (n = 13men and n = 77) women with age range 20-60 years. Data was collected using purposive sampling technique. The Index of Core Spiritual Experience (Kass & Friedman, 1991), Self-Compassion Scale (Neff, 2011) and Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener, Emmons, Larsen & Griffin, 1985) were used for data collection. Correlational analysis revealed that spirituality had positive relationship with life satisfaction and self- compassion had negative relationship with life satisfaction. Moreover, spirituality positively predicted life satisfaction and self-compassion negatively predicted life satisfaction. The present research will help to the literary writers in highlighting the role of spirituality and self-compassion and planning affective strategies to predict life satisfaction.

Keywords: Spirituality, self-compassion, life satisfaction.

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