Mental Health and Anomalous Experience

By Craig Murray (ed.)

From the publisher's website: The importance of spiritual and religious frames of reference in making sense of and recovering from mental health difficulties is increasingly being recognized by mental health researchers. This book focuses on a variety of broad existential experiences. These are variously termed ‘religious, ‘spiritual’, ‘anomalous’ ‘extraordinary or exceptional experiences’, or ‘aberrant perceptions or beliefs’ by researchers and health practitioners active in this field. In recognition of the burgeoning work in this area in recent years, this book brings together a broad range of approaches and perspectives to focus on an important set of topics that are important in demarcating this topic area.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. The role of understanding, engagement and meaning in anomalous experience: A narrative review of the evidence from cultural research (Greg Taylor and Craig Murray)

Chapter 2. Religious visions and voices (Simon L. Dein)

Chapter 3. ‘Sense of presence’ experiences in bereavement and their relationship to mental health: A critical examination of a continuing controversy (Edith Steffen and Adrian Coyle)

Chapter 4. Reflections on researching sense of presence experiences with a bereaved population (Catherine Keen)

Chapter 5. Psychological and mental well-being in palliative care: Needs of patients and caregivers (Mary Oliver)

Chapter 6. Clinical psychology of anomalous experiences: Roots and paradigms (Renaud Evrard)

Chapter 7. Health and well-being benefits of exceptional human experiences (William Braud)

Chapter 8. Psychopathological and psychodynamic approaches to anomalous experiences: The concept of a paranormal solution (Thomas Rabeyron)

Chapter 9. On niches and nutters: An alternative view (Pieter R. Adriaens)

Chapter 10. Anomalous experiences and mental health: the double-edged sword (Kerry L. Schofield)

Chapter 11. Psychosis and religious/spiritual experience: Ethnographic, cognitive and neurobiological perspectives (Simon L. Dein)

Chapter 12. Grief illusions and/or pseudo-hallucinations in children: A “ghost” slips by (Pascal Le Maléfan)

Chapter 13. Humanistic group therapy, mental health and anomalous/ paranormal experiences (Alejandro Parra)

Chapter 14. Musings on anomalous experience in a therapeutic context (Lisa Herman)

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Mental Health and Anomalous Experience. Nova Publishers, April 2012. ISBN: 978-1-62100-350-2

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