The following are the most common topics in relation to guilt and/or fear on the experients, and others, behalf due to the misinterpretation of extrasensory phenomenology resulting in incorrect reasoning “especially among persons who erroneously blame themselves for causing the occurrence of such events” (Pasricha, 2011).
In addition, the most common topics in relation to anxiety evoked by the often unpleasant nature of extrasensory experiences (e.g. negative events such as accidents, deaths or images of the dead, or other disastrous events).
- Manifestation Fallacy (Precognition) – Presentation: When an individual has strong negative feelings, dreams, or visions of a future event but the individual believes that they were subconsciously the cause of the negative event rather than simply seeing the future.
- Causal Determinism Fallacy (Precognition) – Presentation:When an individual is presented with information consisting of the most likely course of a future event, but the 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th, etc.) most likely course occurred; whereby the individual loses self-confidence, or others lose confidence, in the experients predictive capabilities.
- Out of Body Experience Fallacy I (Contemporaneous Telepathy and/or Clairvoyance) – Presentation: When an individual experiences confusion because they remotely viewed them self, or when an individual experiences fear because the individual vividly remotely viewed/sensed a person, place, object, or event, but believes their “soul” had to leave their body in order to do so.
- Out of Body Experience Fallacy II (Sleep Paralysis and Hallucinations) – Presentation: When an individual experiences an evil presence, and the sensation of suffocation, floating, and viewing one’s body from above.
- Psychical Sensation Fallacy (Physical Medical Symptoms) – Presentation: When an individual experiences the symptoms of a medical condition and confuses them for psychical experience.
Extrasensory Content Anxiety
- Content Anxiety (Telepathy/Clairvoyance/Empathy) – Presentation: When an individual becomes distressed due the often disturbing and violent content involved in extrasensory visions and dreams.
- Vulnerability-Initiated Content Anxiety (Telepathy/Clairvoyance/Empathy) – Presentation: When an individual’s friends and/or family withdraw from interacting with them because they believe in the individual’s ability to “read them,” and feel vulnerable or fear being exposed.
- Unfamiliar Content Anxiety (Telepathy/Clairvoyance) – Presentation: When an individual is presented with information that is not recognizable such a seeing something they have never seen before, hearing something they have never heard before, etc., and because of this are unable to convey known information of importance.
Pasricha, S.K. (2011). Relevance of para-psychology in psychiatric practice. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 53(1) 4-8.
Citation: Kelly, T.M. (2015). Clinical Parapsychology: Extrasensory Exceptional Experiences (Textbook). University of Alternative Studies. Purchase.
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