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Type: Journal article
Title: The relationship between paranormal belief and psychopathology with special focus on magical ideation, psychosis, and schizotypy
Author: Thalbourne, M.A.
Storm, L.C.
Citation: Australian Journal of Parapsychology, 2019; 19(2):181-211
Publisher: Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1445-2308
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Michael A. Thalbourne and Lance Storm
Abstract: We sought an answer to the question, Are paranormal claimants more likely or less likely to manifest psychopathology than those who make no such claims? Reviews of previous research, and a re-analysis of old data, indicate there is no burgeoning need to pathologize paranormal believers, even if measures suggest a tendency for characteristic symptoms. While psychopathology (probably prodromal) may still be suggested under specific circumstances, the blunt term ‘psychosis’ may be misapplied in cases where a non-clinical condition known as ‘spiritual emergency’ is evident. Likewise, schizotypy in some paranormal believers may be a condition needing attention, but the so-called ‘happy schizotype’ seems somewhat of an exception. Study designs are proposed that might help better understand the happy schizotype and spiritual emergency.
Keywords: basic limiting principles; paranormal belief; psychosis; schizotypy; sheep-goat effect; spiritual emergency
Rights: © 2019 AIPR, Inc.
RMID: 1000030837
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