The role of fear in delusions of the paranormal.

@article{Lange1999TheRO,
  title={The role of fear in delusions of the paranormal.},
  author={R. Lange and J. Houran},
  journal={The Journal of nervous and mental disease},
  year={1999},
  volume={187 3},
  pages={
          159-66
        }
}
  • R. Lange, J. Houran
  • Published 1999
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of nervous and mental disease
Based on an extended process model derived from attribution theory, we hypothesized that pervasive and persistent delusions of the paranormal are characterized by the existence of a positive (self-reinforcing), rather than a negative (self-correcting), feedback loop involving paranormal beliefs, fears, and experiences, as moderated by gender and tolerance of ambiguity. A cross-cultural sample of "international" students who reported poltergeist-like experiences showing high fear of the… Expand
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