A psychology of possession

Connolly, Peter (1998) A psychology of possession. Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre. ISBN 9780906165331

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Although widespread, the phenomenon of possession does not appear in all cultures. This suggests that possession is a cultural artefact, either in the strong sense of being nothing more than a cultural creation or in the weaker one of culture moulding and shaping universal psychological processes in socially relevant ways. My own approach to understanding possession lies very much within the framework of the weaker version. The hypothesis I will seek to develop is essentially that the phenomena of possession are best understood in terms of the psychological processes associated with the term ‘trance’. I use this term deliberately and in full awareness of the reservations about its usefulness expressed by some psychologists.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Series: RERC Second Series Occasional Papers;23.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Experience (Religion)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre > Second Series of Occasional Papers
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Depositing User: John Dalling
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 16:12
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2023 11:08
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/418

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