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The language of ineffability: Linguistic analysis of mystical experiences
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Mystical experiences are often described as "ineffable," or beyond language. However, people readily speak about their mystical experiences if asked about them. How do people describe what is supposedly indescribable? In this study, we used quantitative linguistic analyses to interpret the writings of 777 participants (45.5% female, 51.0% male) who recounted their most significant spiritual or religious experience as part of an online survey. High and low scorers on a measure of mysticaldoi:10.1037/rel0000043 fatcat:6qch3qwoarfuvbkdpilzetisym