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Mysticism Scale

Hood (1975) developed a series of questions based on Stace (1960) that were designed to tap into experiences perceived as transcending cultural and temporal conditions, indicating an individual’s level of mysticism. The original scale has been explored in a substantial amount of empirical research and remains in use currently.


Hood, Ralph W.  Jr.  1975.  “The Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Measure of Reported Mystical Experience.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 14(1):29-41.

Hood, Ralph W. Jr., Nima Ghorbani, Paul J. Watson, Ahad Framarz, Grahamalecki, Mark N. Bing, H. Kristl Davison, Ronald J. Morris and W. Paul Williamson.  2001.  “Dimensions of the Mysticism Scale: Confirming the Three-Factor Structure in the United States and Iran.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40(4):691-705.

Stace, Walter T.  1960.  Mysticism and Philosophy.  Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.

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