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Positive psychology in the clinical parapsychology setting

Evenden, R. and Cooper, C. E. (2018) Positive psychology in the clinical parapsychology setting. Paper presented to: 4th Applied Positive Psychology Symposium, Bucks New University, High Wycombe, 02 June 2018.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract: This presentation expands on the guest lecture given at the Bucks New University 2nd Positive Psychology Symposium (Cooper, 2016), regarding the union between positive psychology and areas of parapsychology (from the laboratory to the field). A recap will be given, on links between positive psychology and parapsychology, and how the two areas have been seen to complement each other. Focus will then be given to two of the previous areas mentioned at the 2nd symposium, these being instances of spontaneous and sought experiences. For example, there has been much research into the benefits of counselling for anomalous experiences, now seen within the domain of clinical parapsychology, bridging anomalous experiences with an understanding of the therapeutic benefits and transformative features within these experiences. Looking to the typical studies within clinical parapsychology, again, much research has focused on the overlaps between anomalous experiences following a bereavement. Focus will therefore also be given the lead author's own research specifically exploring mediumship as a form of counselling - where people seek out an experience which appears to aid symptoms of grief and loss. It will be argued that mediumship can be seen as a form of holistic intervention, in enhancing positive psychological attributes within the bereaved to help with coping, post-traumatic growth, and other positive psychological attributes.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF1001 Parapsychology. Psychic research. Psychology of the conscious
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF204.6 Positive psychology
Creators: Evenden, Rachel and Cooper, Callum E
Editors: Matthew, Smith and Piers, Woth
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Psychology
Research Centres > Centre for Psychology and Social Sciences
Date: 2 June 2018
Date Type: Publication
Event Title: 4th Applied Positive Psychology Symposium
Event Dates: 02 June 2018
Event Location: Bucks New University, High Wycombe
Event Type: Conference
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No

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