Dissociation: Adjustment or Distress? Dissociative Phenomena, Absorption and Quality of Life Among Israeli Women Who Practice Channeling Compared to Women with Similar Traumatic History

Tali Stolovy, Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Eliezer Witztum

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the relationship between traumatic history, dissociative phenomena, absorption and quality of life among a population of channelers, in comparison with a population of non-channelers with similar traumatic history. The study sample included 150 women. The measures included Traumatic Experiences Scale, Dissociative Experience Scale, Absorption Scale, Brief Symptom Inventory and Quality of Life (QOL) Assessment. Channelers presented significantly higher levels of dissociation, absorption and psychological health compared to the other group. Dissociation and absorption were trauma-related only among the comparison group. Hence, dissociation has different qualities among different people, and spiritual practice contributes to QOL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1040-1051
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Absorption
  • Channeling
  • Dissociation
  • Quality of life

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