Exceptional Experience and Health: Essays on Mind, Body and Human Potential

Overview

The study of the effect of "exceptional" experiences and beliefs on health—including anomalous, placebo, or hypnotic healing and mystical, religious, transpersonal, and creative experiences—is attracting increasing academic and public interest. This collection of essays explores the nature of mind, its impact on the body, and the relationship between "exceptional" experiences and physical health, mental health, and the potential for other types of perception.

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Overview

The study of the effect of "exceptional" experiences and beliefs on health—including anomalous, placebo, or hypnotic healing and mystical, religious, transpersonal, and creative experiences—is attracting increasing academic and public interest. This collection of essays explores the nature of mind, its impact on the body, and the relationship between "exceptional" experiences and physical health, mental health, and the potential for other types of perception.

Examining the influence of spiritual practices, mental imagery, and alternative healing methods such as Reiki and Johrei, the essays encourage the expansion of mental health practice to include the full range of exceptional experiences. By normalizing experiences that are often pathologized, this book recognizes that exceptional human experiences can and do have value for physical and mental health.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786459667
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Simmonds-Moore is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of West Georgia and has received several Bial research grants, given to promote exploration of a variety of exceptional experiences.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction: Overview and Exploration of the State of Play Regarding Health and Exceptional Experiences Christine Simmonds-Moore 7

Part 1 Belief, Mind and Body

1 The Mind-Body Connection and Healing John Gruzelier 27

2 Altered States of Consciousness, Mental Imagery and Healing David Luke 64

3 Excerpts of Intercorporeality: A Phenomenological Exploration of Energy Healing Carl Williams Diane Dutton Chris Burgess 81

4 The Function of Religious Beliefs and Practices: Buffering the Impact of Exposure to Traumatic Events Eve Binks) 94

Part 2 Exceptional Experiences and Mental Health

5 What Meditation Can Do: Mental Health or Exceptional Experiences Stefan Schmidt 113

6 The Muse in the Machine: Creativity, Anomalous Experiences and Mental Health Nicola J. Holt 131

7 Exploring Ways of Manipulating Anomalous Experiences for Mental Health and Transcendence Christine Simmonds-Moore 171

8 Transformative and/or Destructive: Exceptional Experiences from the Clinical Perspective Isabel Clarke 196

9 Counseling at the IGPP: An Overview Eberhard Bauer Martina Belz 210

10 Clinical Psychology for People with Exceptional Experiences in Practice Martina Belz 223

11 Clinical Parapsychology in the United Kingdom Ian Tierney) 242

Bibliography 255

About the Contributors 295

Index 299

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