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Altered States of Consciousness and Mental Health
A Cross-Cultural Perspective

Edited by:
  • Colleen Ward - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Volume: 12
Other Titles in:
Social Psychology

October 1989 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This volume presents various perspectives on altered states of consciousness and mental health and places them within the boundaries of cross-cultural psychology. Part One considers theoretical and methodological issues in the study of altered states of consciousness; Parts Two and Three link altered states of consciousness and mental health by focusing on both its therapeutic and pathological aspects. The final section concentrates on models highlighting a variety of paradigms and diverse methodological approaches.
 
PART ONE: ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH: THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES
Colleen A Ward
The Cross-cultural Study of Altered States of Consciousness and Mental Health
Michael Lambek
From Disease to Discourse
Remarks on the Conceptualization of Trance and Spirit Possession

 
 
PART TWO: ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Simon Kemp
`Ravished of a Fiend'
Demonology and Medieval Madness

 
C R Chandra Shekar
Possession Syndrome in India
Nicholas P Spanos
Hypnosis, Demonic Possession and Multiple Personality
Strategic Enactments and Disavowals of Responsibility for Actions

 
Colleen A Ward
Possession and Exorcism - Psychopathology and Psychotherapy in a Magico-Religious Context
 
PART THREE: THERAPEUTIC ASPECTS OF ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
J P Valla and Raymond Prince
Religious Experiences as Self-Healing Mechanisms
Wolfgang Jilek
Therapeutic Use of Altered States of Consciousness in Contemporary North American Indian Dance Ceremonials
Stanley Krippner
A Call to Heal
Entry Patterns in Brazilian Mediumship

 
Richard Katz
Healing and Transformation
Perspectives on Development, Education and Community

 
 
PART FOUR: ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Leonard Zusne
Altered States of Consciousness, Magical Thinking and Psychopathology
The Case of Ludwig Staudenmaier

 
Raymond L M Lee
Self Presentation in Malaysian Spirit Seances
A Dramaturgical Perspective on Altered States of Consciousness in Healing Ceremonies

 
Paul Stoller
Stressing Social Change and Songhay Possession
Marlene Dobkin de Rios
Power and Hallucinogenic States of Consciousness Among the Moche
An Ancient Peruvian Society

 

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Colleen A. Ward

Colleen A Ward is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Psychology at the National University of Singapore. More About Author

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ISBN: 9780803932777
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