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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Mr Monir Ahmed, MPhil, MSc, PG Dip, BSc

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About me

I obtained degrees (PG Dip, MPhil, MSc, BSc) in psychology. I worked in different mental health services both in the UK and abroad with a range of culturally diverse clients groups for more than 12 years.

Having degrees in psychology and coming across culturally diverse population with a range of mental health issues and problems my interest grew to understand and discover the ultimate need and purpose of human life. My encounter with a Christiian faith community in 2012 helped me develop my interest further, ‘Human Transendence’ in particular and motivated me to explore Spirituality, Mental Health and Well-being. I then wanted to discover relationship between human cognition and spirituality and wondered whether this relationship could be used as a holistic model to understand better about ‘Human Transcendence’ as well as mental health and well-being. This led me study further about spirituality and well-being.

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I am currently a postgraduate research student at the Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, England. My current research entitled ‘Relationship Between Transcendence and Well-being: A Cognitive Theological Analysis' aims to integrate Transcendence and well-being with theological knowledge and psychological principle.

I am warm, empathetic, responsive and responsible person; highly attuned to the emotions, needs and motivations of others. I find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. I may act as catalysts for individual and group growth. I am loyal, responsive to praise and criticism.

I am sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership. I am spiritual person, respect and value religions, cultures. I enjoy playing tennis, badminton. Driving, travelling, fishing are some of my hobbies. I also enjoy reading and learning about space, universe, nature-the ultimate origin and purpose of the creation.

Research Interests

  • Spirituality/religions, cultures and diversity, mental health and well-being, cognitions/human minds, psychotherapy, CBT, psychology, psychology of religion