Dissociation and the experience of channeling: Narratives of israeli women who practice channeling

Tali Stolovy, Rachel Lev-Wiesel, Zvi Eisikovits

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Abstract

"Channeling" is a phenomenon in which people describe themselves as receiving messages from another personality or dimension of reality. Channeling is often regarded as dissociation, which is a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception. This study explored the interface between channeling and dissociation through a phenomenological analysis. Qualitative data were obtained through interviews with 20 Israeli women who practice channeling. The analysis revealed 3 themes: dissociation, absorption, and control. The channelers descriptions correspond with what is coined as "dissociative states" and enable an emic view of the etic definition of dissociation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-364
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Clinical Psychology

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