Sleep Paralysis as Spiritual Experience

@article{Hufford2005SleepPA,
  title={Sleep Paralysis as Spiritual Experience},
  author={D. Hufford},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={42},
  pages={11 - 45}
}
  • D. Hufford
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Transcultural Psychiatry
This article presents an overview of the sleep paralysis experience from both a cultural and a historical perspective. The robust, complex phenomenological pattern that represents the subjective experience of sleep paralysis is documented and illustrated. Examples are given showing that, for a majority of subjects, sleep paralysis is taken to be a kind of spiritual experience. This is, in part, because of the very common perception of a non-physical ‘threatening presence’ that is part of the… Expand
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