Dissociation and the experience of channeling: narratives of Israeli women who practice channeling.

Abstract

"Channeling" is a phenomenon in which people describe themselves as receiving messages from another personality or dimension of reality. Channeling is often regarded as dissociation, which is a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception. This study explored the interface between channeling and dissociation through a phenomenological analysis. Qualitative data were obtained through interviews with 20 Israeli women who practice channeling. The analysis revealed 3 themes: dissociation, absorption, and control. The channelers' descriptions correspond with what is coined as "dissociative states" and enable an emic view of the etic definition of dissociation.

DOI: 10.1080/00207144.2015.1031555

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@article{Stolovy2015DissociationAT, title={Dissociation and the experience of channeling: narratives of Israeli women who practice channeling.}, author={Tali Stolovy and Rachel Lev-Wiesel and Zvi Eisikovits}, journal={The International journal of clinical and experimental hypnosis}, year={2015}, volume={63 3}, pages={346-64} }