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Hearing the Voice of the Dead
According to the findings of a new study, a tendency to be highly involved in tasks, unusual hearing experiences in childhood, and high susceptibility to auditory delusions is more common in people who call themselves clairvoyant than in the general population, writes sciencealert.com. These findings may help to better understand the depressing auditory hallucinations faced by people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, the researchers say.
The supposed clairvoyance and clairvoyance experienced by spiritualists (seeing a video or hearing sound in the absence of an external stimulus, usually associated with the spirits of the dead) is of great interest to scholars: both anthropologists studying religious and spiritual experiences and scholars studying pathological hallucinations.
Researchers, in particular, would like to better understand why some people who experience hearing hallucinations automatically attribute them to the supernatural world, although for others they cause more serious trouble and often end up being diagnosed with a mental illness.
"Spiritualists tend to report unusual hearing experiences that are positive, that start early, and are often even controlled," explained Peter Moseley, a psychologist at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. "It's important to find out why they occur because this knowledge can help us better understand both torturous or uncontrolled hearing hallucinations."
Together with fellow psychologist Adam Powell of the University of Durham in the UK, Moseley invited and researched 65 clairvoyants belonging to the UK National Spiritual Union, as well as 143 ordinary people, selected social networks to determine how spiritualists differ from other people who do not normally report. About the audible voices of the dead.
The results of the study were staggering: 44.6% of the spiritualists surveyed said they heard voices daily. 79% pointed out that these experiences became an integral part of life. By the way, although many of them claimed to hear voices in their minds, 31.7% of them could say the votes were also external. Compared to ordinary people, spiritualists have admitted to believing in supernatural things much more strongly and paying more attention to other people’s opinions of themselves.
They also stated that they encountered their first auditory hallucinations quite early — at an average age of 21.7, and stressed that they could engage enormously in specific activities and simply distance themselves from the world around them
Spiritualists are also said to be more prone to hallucinations. The researchers noted that subjects generally had not heard of spiritualism before encountering auditory hallucinations and began to take an interest in the field in search of answers. Of the common population included in the study, high involvement was also strongly correlated with belief in supernatural things but found almost no association with the occurrence of auditory hallucinations.
Besides, there were no differences in both groups between the strength of the supernatural belief and the susceptibility to visual hallucinations.
According to the researchers, these results suggest that "hearing the voices of the dead" is hardly the result of peer influence, a positive social context, or a greater indulgence in belief in supernatural phenomena. The so-called Spiritist assimilates the philosophy of spiritism because it coincides with their experiences and gives meaning to their lives.
"The findings of the study say a lot about 'learning and desire'. To the participants in our study, the doctrines of spiritualism seem logical, both on the unusual experiences in childhood and the frequent auditory hallucinations they experience during spiritualism sessions,” explained A. Powell
"However, all of these experiences may be due to a certain predisposition or early onset of abilities, rather than to the belief that a great deal of effort can be made to connect with the dead," the researcher added.
The researchers concluded that further studies should examine the diversity of cultural contexts to better understand the relationship between submersion in a particular action, faith, and strange experiences when ghosts are allegedly whispered in the ear.
The research was published in the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture.
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Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on January 27, 2021:
Thanks a lot I will read your article as well
Ian from Durham on January 27, 2021:
This fits in well with my 'visual' hallucinations article. Whether it be visual or auditory, the phenomenon is scientifically known as pareidolia and/or apophenia. https://owlcation.com/stem/Pareidolia-Explained
Misbah Sheikh (author) from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on January 25, 2021:
Thanks a lot Manatita
manatita44 from london on January 25, 2021:
Well, what can I say? I generally don't go down that road. I like the way of the Heart: simple, loving, devotional ... but your work seems fine. Much peace.