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Changes in Religious Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices Following Near-Death Experiences: An Australian Study

Changes in Religious Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices Following Near-Death Experiences: An Australian Study

Date: Autumn 1990
Creator: Sutherland, Cherie
Description: Abstract: This study examined changes in religious beliefs, attitudes, and practices in the lives of 50 near-death experiencers. I attempted to clarify whether these changes were to greater religiousness or to a deeper spirituality. I found that before the near-death experience (NDE), my respondents were no more religious or spiritually inclined than the general Australian population. Following the NDE there was a statistically significant shift towards spirituality on most items investigated.
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A Child's Encounter with the Devil: An Unusual Near-Death Experience with Both Blissful and Frightening Elements

A Child's Encounter with the Devil: An Unusual Near-Death Experience with Both Blissful and Frightening Elements

Date: Winter 2001
Creator: Bonenfant, Richard J.
Description: Abstract: I describe the near-death experience (NDE) of a 6-year-old boy who encountered both the devil and God following a near-fatal car accident, and compare recent recollections of the event with those made four years earlier. I discuss the aftereffects of this experience, and review the findings of earlier studies of frightening NDEs.
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Claims of Near-Death Experiences, Gestalt Resistance Processes, and Measures of Optimal Functioning

Claims of Near-Death Experiences, Gestalt Resistance Processes, and Measures of Optimal Functioning

Date: Autumn 1999
Creator: Prosnick, Kevin P.
Description: Abstract: The present study investigated the relationship between claims of near-death experiences (NDEs) and measures of self-actualization. Gestalt resistance processes transfluence, mystical experiences, and claims of peak life experiences in a sample of 155 individuals. As hypothesized, I found significant positive correlations between the claims of NDEs and transfluence and mystical experiences. I found no significant correlations between claims of NDEs and the seven Gestalt resistances, suggesting that NDErs are neither more nor less resistant than nonNDErs. I also found no significant relationship between claims of NDEs and self-actualization or claims of peak life experiences.
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Clinical Approaches to the Out-of-Body Experience

Clinical Approaches to the Out-of-Body Experience

Date: Autumn 1989
Creator: Twemlow, Stuart W.
Description: Abstract: The author reviews aspects of the out-of-body experience (OBE) related to psychic experiences and personality traits, and describes a continuum of experiences of altered mind/body perception, from the prototypical OBE on the healthy end to schizophrenia and organic brain syndromes on the other end. The impact of the OBE on the individual's life is described, with suggestions for a psychoeducational approach to the clinical management of the patient with an OBE to allow maximum growth from the consciousness-expanding effects of the experience.
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Commentary on Allan Kellehear's "Near-Death Experiences and the Pursuit of the Ideal Society"

Commentary on Allan Kellehear's "Near-Death Experiences and the Pursuit of the Ideal Society"

Date: Winter 1991
Creator: Mills, Antonia
Description: Abstract: Allan Kellehear's article raised four questions for me: (1) whether the near-death experience (NDE) presents enough data about the nature of a transcendent society for it to be a useful model for earthly societies; (2) the degree to which transcendent societies have to address the practical considerations of a material society; (3) whether NDEs are projections of experiencers' cultural concepts about the nature of the transcendent realm(s); and (4) the kind of hope offered by the growing awareness of the features of Western NDEs. I address these questions by referring to transcendent realm concepts and NDEs in the anthropological literature, particularly that of the North American Indian Prophet Movement.
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Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Sabom, Michael B.
Description: Abstract: Keith Augustine raises questions regarding Pam Reynolds's near-death experience (NDE) while undergoing cerebral aneurysm surgery using the hypothermic cardiac arrest ("standstill") procedure. I specifically address questions regarding anesthesia and brainstem auditory evoked response procedures; and the relation of Reynolds's NDE to "standstill" and life after death.
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Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Commentary on "Does Paranormal Perception Occur in Near-Death Experiences?"

Date: Summer 2007
Creator: Tart, Charles T.
Description: Editor's abstract and note: In this commentary, Charles Tart critiques Keith Augustine's deconstruction of Pam Reynolds's near-death experience (NDE) while undergoing cerebral aneurysm surgery using the hypothermic cardiac arrest ("standstill") procedure. However, after drafting this initial response to Augustine's paper, family medical problems prevented Tart from researching and polishing his comments as thoroughly as he would have wished. He has approved our publication of this commentary but regrets taht it is not up to his usual standard.
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Commentary on "Frightening Near-Death Experiences"

Commentary on "Frightening Near-Death Experiences"

Date: Winter 1996
Creator: Gibson, Arvin S.
Description: Abstract: Kenneth Ring and Nancy Evans Bush both wrote papers concerning frightening near-death experiences (NDEs) in the Fall 1994 issue of this Journal. The results of my own research are more supportive of Bush's position than they are of Ring's. This paper gives some of the reasons why and illustrates other data accumulated by me concerning frightening NDEs.
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Commentary on Jansen's Paper

Commentary on Jansen's Paper

Date: Autumn 1997
Creator: Morse, Melvin L.
Description: Abstract: Karl Jansen raises a fundamental and exciting question: Is humankind's consciousness the result of neuronal function, or are there extracerebral aspects as well? While his neurotransmitter model of near-death experiences (NDEs) is well described, I find his supporting evidence weak. Methodological differences between studies of ketamine hallucinations and near-death experiences (NDEs) raise doubts about how similar those experiences are phenomenologically. While Jansen's model has electrifying implications, the data required to support his conclusions do not yet exist.
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Commentary on John Gibbs' "What Do Near-Death Experiencers and Jesus Have in Common? The Near-Death Experience and Spong's New New Christianity"

Commentary on John Gibbs' "What Do Near-Death Experiencers and Jesus Have in Common? The Near-Death Experience and Spong's New New Christianity"

Date: Winter 2005
Creator: Sabom, Michael B.
Description: Abstract: John Gibbs relates research findings on near-death experiences (NDEs) to John Shelby Spong's "continuity view of Jesus" and his "call for a new Christianity." Gibbs' argument falls short of demonstrating congruence of the scientific findings of NDE research with the theological claims of Spong, who posits that Jesus was not God, but just a person.
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