Experience of previous death in a condition of regressive hypnosis

Luciano Pederzoli, Eugenia De Stefano, Patrizio Tressoldi

Overview

We tried to explore the characteristics of death experiences reported under regressive hypnosis and compare them with those reported by near-death-experiencers

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The reported previous death experiences are simply personal narrative or clues about real previous lives?

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Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD
Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova
Researcher
Cognitive Psychology
Padova | Italy
Independently from the interpretation of our findings, we suggest how to use hypnosis for the investigation of anomalous experiences.Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD

Hypno-death-experiences: Death experiences during hypnotic life regressions.

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Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD
Patrizio Tressoldi, PhD
Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale, Università di Padova
Researcher
Cognitive Psychology
Padova | Italy

Death Stud 2019 Jun 18:1-5. Epub 2019 Jun 18.

b Dipartimento di Psicologia Generale , Science of Consciousness Research Group, Università di Padova , Padova , Italy.

In this study we analyzed retrospectively a database of 44 alleged death experiences between incarnations, as reported by 36 participants during hypnotic life regression sessions with the same hypnotist. The descriptions of these experiences were evaluated using the Italian version of the Near-Death Experience Scale. A large part of the reported experiences were categorized as "Affective", with a majority reported as: "Feeling a sense of joy" and "Seeing and being enveloped by a bright light", as well as in the "Transcendental" category, with all experiences showing a similar frequency. Regarding the "Paranormal" category, the most often reported experience is that of: "The feeling of being separated from one's physical body". With respect to the total score, 18% fell within the range commonly used to identify true near-death-experiences. The death experiences undergone during the hypnotic life regressions contain very similar characteristics to those reported in classic near-death-experiences. Whether these experiences were actually lived or were, instead, accounts of events previously learned through conventional means, remains an open question.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2019.1626949DOI Listing
June 2019
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