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What are the long-term effects of near-death experiences? Why do some people see sounds and taste smells? What happens during an out-of-body experience? These extraordinary and unusual phenomena have often been ignored or ridiculed by mainstream psychology. In this fascinating volume, leading scholars explore these areas, as well as experiences of hallucinations, lucid dreams, alien abductions, mysticism, anomalous healings, psi-events and past-lives, in an effort to explain the totality of human experience.
In an accessible style, contributors review and discuss current research about unusual but important events, creating a mesmerizing account of activity at the boundaries of conventional psychology. The chapters examine current research and theories, methodological issues, related psychopathology, individual and cultural differences, aftereffects, and clinical implications of anomalous experiences. A volume in the APA Books® series on Dissociation, Trauma, Memory, and Hypnosis, this book is essential reading for the scientist-practitioners who treat clients having experienced anomalous events, for researchers/theoreticians wanting an empirically grounded survey of these phenomena, and for non-psychologists interested in the study of these phenomena.
Introduction: Anomalous Experiences in Perspective
—Etzel Cardeña, Steven Jay Lynn, and Stanley Krippner
I. Conceptual and Methodological Considerations
- Anomalous Experiences, Peculiarity, and Psychopathology
—Howard Berenbaum, John Kerns, and Chitra Raghavan
- Methodological Issues in the Study of Altered States of Consciousness and Anomalous Experiences
—Ronald J. Pekala and Etzel Cardeña
II. Anomalous Experiences
- Hallucinatory Experiences
—Richard P. Bentall
—Lawrence E. Marks
- Lucid Dreaming
—Stephen LaBerge and Jayne Gackenbach
- Out-of-Body Experiences
—Carlos S. Alvarado
- Psi-Related Experiences
—Elisabeth Targ, Marilyn Schlitz, and Harvey J. Irwin
- Alien Abduction Experiences
—Stuart Appelle, Steven Jay Lynn, and Leonard Newman
- Past-Life Experiences
—Antonia Mills and Steven Jay Lynn
- Near-Death Experiences
- Anomalous Healing Experiences
—Stanley Krippner and Jeanne Achterberg
- Mystical Experience
—David M. Wulff
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An extremely valuable addition to any academic psychology collection and an excellent accompanying volume to abnormal psychology texts.