Psychology has a monumental role to play when it comes to understanding and contextualizing anomalous experiences.The first strides, from a historical perspective, were made in the 1880s by the British Society for Psychical Research.Roughly a century afterwards Stanislav and Christina Grof took it a step further when they pioneered the related terms spiritual emergence and spiritual emergency (Grof & Grof, 1989; 1990).Save for being interrelated they represent a continuum of experience.For decades my older sister has had auditory and visual hallucinations, behaviour, mood and thought disturbances, paranoia, catatonia, panic attacks and other symptoms.
Some anomalous experiences like autoscopic phenomena, multimodal hallucinations, and synaesthesias may be conceptualized within the dominant, existing scientific model.
An anomalous experience can be defined as a subjective, idiosyncratic, and/or uncommon experience that is incongruent and/or deviates from the sociocultural-mediated understanding of consensus reality accepted as veridical, normative, and empirically valid by the collective prerogative.
This definition is consistent with the definition given by Cardena, Lynn, and Krippner (2000) who describe it as “an uncommon experience or one that…
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The first is associated with temporary awakening experiences, the second with permanent awakening.