transpersonal

adjective

trans·​per·​son·​al (ˌ)tran(t)s-ˈpərs-nəl How to pronounce transpersonal (audio)
-ˈpər-sə-nᵊl
1
: extending or going beyond the personal or individual
2
: of, relating to, or being psychology or psychotherapy concerned especially with esoteric mental experience (such as mysticism and altered states of consciousness) beyond the usual limits of ego and personality

Examples of transpersonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transpersonal quality of great art has its dark side in the vacuity of hotel paintings, Muzak, and formulaic paperback novels. Meghan O'Gieblyn, WIRED, 20 Feb. 2024 It’s about data that is personal yet transpersonal. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of transpersonal was circa 1906

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“Transpersonal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transpersonal. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

transpersonal

adjective
trans·​per·​son·​al -ˈpərs-nəl, -ᵊn-əl How to pronounce transpersonal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being psychology or psychotherapy concerned especially with esoteric mental experience (as mysticism and altered states of consciousness) beyond the usual limits of ego and personality
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