The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth


May argues that the dark "shadow" side of the true spiritual life has been trivialized and neglected to serious detriment; superficial and naively upbeat spirituality does not heal and enrich the soul. Only the honest, sometimes difficult, encounters with what Christian spirituality has described in helpful detail as "the dark night of the soul" can lead to true spiritual wholeness.