The therapeutic nature of anomalous events: a union of positive psychology and parapsychology

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Aside from exploring the ontology of anomalous abilities and experiences through the study of parapsychology, the recent re-emergence of clinical parapsychology has allowed researchers to explore the impact of anomalous events on those who encounter them, through spontaneous cases investigation methods, or via the counselling and therapy setting. From this new avenue of research outlook, and reflecting on laboratory experiments of psychic phenomena, links can clearly be made to positive psychology with how people face and perceive anomalous events. Various positive gains have been identified as being fostered as a result of anomalous experiences, which help with personal growth, resilience and coping, especially in the case of bereavement and related phenomena encountered in such stages of life. This paper will briefly consider the findings of such studies and the increasing relationship between parapsychology and positive psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2016
Event2nd Applied Positive Psychology Symposium - Buckinghamshire New University, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 May 201621 May 2016


Conference2nd Applied Positive Psychology Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Anomalous experiences
  • Positive psychology
  • Therapy


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