No one ever told me spirituality could be a self-sabotaging ego trap. I spent about three years reading about spiritual teachings and incorporating them into my life before ever learning that spirituality has a dark side.Naturally, I was taken aback. I felt kind of betrayed.How could something that seemed so pure and good be harmful? The answer has to do with something that psychologists call spiritual bypassing. In the early 1980s, psychologist John Welwood coined the term “spiritual bypassing” to refer to the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid confronting uncomfortable feelings, unresolved wounds, and fundamental emotional and psychological needs.
Update June 7, 2022: The article is still relevant, but one of the people whose video he references, J.P. Spears has sold out and become an anti abortion, Trump supporting “red pill” (that movement preying on lonely teenaged boys to lure them into “white” supremacist groups where let’s just say bad things happen during their “initiations” and “trust assurance”) ideology. Like the Hodge Twins and others, he goes on the grody greedy groomers list.