About the correlation between subclinical dissociative dysfunction and subjective paranormal experiences

Today I found a new blogger to follow, Mirror Girl. I’ve already reblogged two of her unusually intriguing and interesting blog articles about DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder(s).Just look for my tag Mirror Girl to find them.

I’m convinced that there’s a positive correlation between dissociative dysfunctions/disorders in the brain and paranormal (ghostly or sensed presence-like) experiences. Maybe woo-like phenomena have someting to do with memories of sexual abuse or other traumatic experiences (most often but not necessarily) from infancy and/or early childhood? To cope with such “forbidden” and traumatic memories it would perhaps be a good option to temporarily split one’s self.

Interested in how to explain this correlation between (subclkinical) dissociative disorders and the Anomalously Sensitive Personality (ASP) and its “cousin” Highly Sensitive Personality (HSP) more in detail?

Well, have a look at the following four articles and explore especially the phenomenon called Subclinical Dissociative Dysfunction/Disorder (SDD).

1) Remembrance of Apocalypse Past: The Psychology of True Believers When Nothing Happens. By Matthew J. Sharps, Schuyler W. Liao, and Megan R. Herrera. Volume 38.6, November/December 2014 .  http://www.csicop.org/si/show/remembrance_of_apocalypse_past

2) Why Do People Believe in Gods?. By Gary M. Bakker. Volume 39.1, January/February 2015.  http://www.csicop.org/si/show/why_do_people_believe_in_gods .

3) Crazy Beliefs, Sane Believers: Toward a Cognitive Psychology of Conspiracy Ideation. By Preston. R. Bost. Volume 39.1, January/February 2015:   http://www.csicop.org/si/show/crazy_beliefs_sane_believers_toward_a_cognitive_psychology_of_conspiracy_id/

4) Dissociative Experiences Scale:   http://www.rossinst.com/dissociative_experiences_scale.html .The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) was developed by Eve Bernstein Carlson, Ph.D. and Frank W. Putnam, M.D. The overall DES score is obtained by adding up the 28 item scores.

There’s also a positive correlation between believing in woo (and gods) and schizotypal personality. And, of course, between having subjectively paranormal experiences and scoring high on schizotypy and/or dissociation scales. But more on that topic another time.

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