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Flight of Mind: A Psychological Study of the Out-of-Body Experience

Irwin, H.J.

 The author, a psychologist, writes that the main objective of this book is to encourage and facilitate research by providing a comprehensive survey of the empirical literature and by examining the aspects of OBEs amenable to scientific research. Irwin systematically reviews the phenomenology of OBEs, the circumstances under which OBEs occur, the characteristics of persons who have OBEs, methods of OBE research, and the principal theories offered to explain OBEs. The book also serves as a report of Irwin's empirical studies of the OBE, several published here for the first time. Irwin interprets the OBE as essentially an imaginal experience. Thus, the theory presented is primarily psychological. However, it provides for the integral operation of psi processes in the OBE as well. The book is aimed at psychologists, as well as parapsychologists, in line with the author's view that "parapsychological phenomena form a legitimate and fruitful subject of study within their natural context of behavioral science" (p. viii).
Publisher Information:Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1985. 374p. Bibl: 325-354; Author index: 355-361; Subject index: 362-374; 2 tables
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