Have you had a mystical/spiritual/religious experience in the last five years?
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My name is Charlie Heriot-Maitland and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist studying at the University of Oxford. For my doctoral research study, I am interested in talking to people who have had what they might describe as a mystical, spiritual or religious experience.
Many people describe having experiences that are different to ordinary day-to-day experience in that they involve extra-sensory communication, awareness of an alternative reality or a different dimension to life. For some, these experiences can be very positive, but other people find them more distressing and may need support in understanding and coping with them.
I am interested to try and understand why different people have different responses to their experiences.
I am especially interested in finding out about the nature of people’s experiences, the way they make sense of them, and the context in which they occur.
What will it involve?
If you would like to take part in the study I will arrange to meet you for a one-off interview about your experiences that should take about 1-1½ hours.
All of the information that you give will be strictly confidential and no one other than myself will be able to identify your details.
Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and you may like to take some time to think about it. You will be remunerated £15 for your time, on top of any travel costs you incur.
If you have any questions or would like to take part in the study, please contact me on:
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