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Psychology of Belief Part 6: Hallucinations

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Hallucination is a relatively common phenomenon. Virtually all of us will, at one point or another, experience sensory perceptions generated entirely out of our own minds. Some people are more prone to this than others, and it is entirely within reason that every spiritual experience in human history is attributable to auditory, visual, and tactile hallucinations.

Anywhere between 1-2 % of the human population hears voices on a regular basis. Sometimes the voices say encouraging things. Sometimes the voices are derogatory and vicious. Other times they speak nonsense. Occasionally they are even capable of full conversations. Sometimes the voices are audible. Other times they are like loud thoughts, or severe, intrusive urges. Sometimes the voices are a blessing in the life of the hearer. Other times they a nuisance. Some people cope by taking drugs. Others cope by asserting dominance with the voices. Some have even developed bizarre coping mechanisms like having "voice time" or simply repeating everything the voices say back at them.

In short, if you think you have heard the voice of God, you probably have not.

Psychology of Belief Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=...

Hallucinations in the Sane: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallucin...

Bereavement (Grief) hallucinations are also extremely common after the loss of a loved one. In the context of grief after the death of a spouse, one-third to one-half of bereaved spouses report hallucinations of the deceased: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/84...

Another study showed up to 80% of windows/windowers experienced grief hallucinations of their dead loved ones: http://www.bmj.com/content/4/5778/37....

38% of the general public have hallucinations of some sort: http://www.psy-journal.com/article/S0...

Ghosts, Resurrections, and Bereavement Hallucinations: http://atheismblog.blogspot.com/2009/...

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