The belief in the transmigration of souls: Psychotherapy of a Druze patient with severe anxiety reaction

Netzer Daie, Eliezer Witztum, Mordechai Mark, Stanley Rabinowitz

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Abstract

In this paper the culture‐sensitive psychotherapy of a 19‐year‐old Druze patient with severe anxiety reaction is described. The patient explained his anxiety and his symptoms as stemming from violent death in his former life and subsequent transmigration. The therapists joined the patient's explanatory model and previous traditional healing, adding hypnotic suggestion which relieved the symptoms. The relationship of patient symptomatology to cultural background, multiple personality disorder, possession and dissociation is discussed. The strategic combination of culture‐specific and modern psychiatric approaches is advocated in similar cases. 1992 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-130
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Medical Psychology
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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