Scientists have identified symptoms that may make a person more likely to claim to hear the sound of the dead.
According to new research, higher levels of absorption in tasks, abnormal hearing experiences in childhood, and higher susceptibility to auditory hallucinations are all more strongly in self-described clariadant means than in the general population.
Researchers said that this discovery could help us understand mentally disturbing hearing hallucinations such as schizophrenia.
The spiritualist experiences of clairvoyance and clariadness – the experience of seeing or hearing something in the absence of external stimulation, and attributed to the souls of the dead – are of great scientific interest, anthropologists for both religious and spiritual experiences, and for scientists to study. Pathological hallucinations.
In particular, researchers would like to better understand why some people with hearing experiences report a spiritualist experience, while others report them as more distressed, and receive a mental health diagnosis.
“Spiritualists report unusual hearing experiences, which are positive, early in life and which they are often able to control,” explained psychologist Peter Mosley of the University of Northumbria in Britain.
“Understanding how these developments are important is because it can help us understand more about the disturbing or non-controllable experiences of hearing sounds.”
He and his peer psychologist Adam Powell of Durham University in the UK surveyed 65 clariant mediums of the National Union of Spiritualists in the UK and 143 members of the general population recruited via social media to determine if different from the general public Determined spiritualists, who do not (usually) hear the voices of the dead.
Overall, 6.7 percent of the spiritualists listened to the sounds they heard daily, and the fourth percent said that experiences were part of their daily lives. And while most heard voices inside their heads, 31.7 percent reported that the voices were external, too.
The survey results were striking.
Compared to the general population, spiritualists reported much greater belief in the paranormal, and others were less likely to care about what they thought of them.
Spiritualists on the whole had their first hearing experience at an average age of 21.7 years old, and reported high levels of absorption. It is a term that describes mental actions and activities or total immersion in altered states, and how effective a person is in tuning the world around them.
Furthermore, they reported that they were at risk of experiencing hallucinations. Researchers noted that they had not usually heard of spiritualism before their experiences; Instead, they came across it seeking answers.
In the general population, high levels of absorption were also strongly correlated with confidence in paranormal – but with little or no sensitivity to auditory hallucinations. And in the two groups, there was no difference in levels of belief in paranormal and sensitivity to visual hallucinations.
These results, researchers say, are not likely to result from the suggestion of experiencing the ‘voice of the dead’, therefore due to peer pressure, positive social context, or belief in extravagance. Instead, these individuals adopt spirituality because it aligns with their experience and is personally meaningful to them.
Pavel stated, “Our findings say a lot about ‘learning and yearning’. For our participants, the principles of spirituality are both exceptional childhood experiences as well as frequent experiences about auditory events, which They are experienced as practice mediums. “
“But all of those experiences can result in more than a few instincts or early abilities, believing the possibility of contacting the dead if one tries adequately.”
Future research, he concludes, should explore different cultural contexts to better understand absorption in one’s ear, the strange, spiritual experiences of whispering in one’s ear.
The research has been published in Mental Health, Religion and Culture.