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Reflections of Near-Death Experiences and Deathbed Visions: A Study of Nursing Faculty's Perceptions
Abstract: Nursing faculty across the United States were surveyed about their knowledge, attitudes, and perspectives of near-death experiences (NDEs) and deathbed visions (DBVs) through web-based administration of the Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire (Thornburg, 1988). Of the approximately 550 responses, 13% of respondents indicated that they personally had experiences an NDE, 48% that they have cared for a patient reporting an NDE, and 46% that they have cared for a patient reporting a DBV. Item-level ordinal logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the two attitude components of the survey, revealing a complex set of relationships between attitudes, experience, and other individual-level characteristics. The results underscore the importance of ongoing research into near-death phenomena and inclusion of NDEs and DBVs as content areas in nursing curriculum. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938002/
The Role of Spiritually Transformative Experiences in Religious History and the Development of a Scale to Measure Them
Abstract: Spiritual experiences are a potent means by which a person's attitudes and behaviors may changed, usually (but not always) in benevolent ways. This article presents examples from various times and places, many from the annals organized religion. Research into spiritually transformative experiences is reviewed as is a means to measure spiritual content in written or verbal reports: the Casto Spiritually Scoring System. This instrument includes subscales regarding spiritual settings, spiritual objects, spiritual characters, spiritual emotions, spiritual activities, and spiritual experiences. The reliability of the system has been examined and found to be quite high. In addition, the system has been useful clinically when spirituality becomes an issue in counseling or psychotherapy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938010/
The Challenges of Traveling a Psychospiritual Path in Today's Postmodern Western World
Abstract: Although the category "Religious or Spiritual Problem" (Code V62.89) was incorporated into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for mental health professional in 1994, it has taken until 2012 for a conference or training to take place designed to help therapists and social workers understand how best to address such issues. In this article I describe my personal experience and my professional experience as a psychotherapist with religious and spiritual phenomena. I offer my view of what it means to be spiritual, including the role of worldviews and my conceptualization of a three-stage path of spiritual development. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938009/
The Field of Near-Death Studies Through 2011: An Updated Analysis of the Scholarly Periodical Literature
Abstract: Previously in this Journal, Holden and Christian (2005) profiled patterns in the field of near-death studies through an analysis of the scholarly publications from Near-Death Experiences: Index to the Periodical Literature through 2001. In this article, we provide an updated analysis of a similar type through 2011. The body of literature on which we based this analysis included 892 scholarly articles by 629 authors spanning more than a century. We report on patterns related to publication dates and venues, experts and their most cited articles, and most and least published topics in the field - both with regard to current status and in comparison to 2001. We discuss limitations of our analysis and implications of it for the future of scholarship in the field of near-death studies. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938063/
After-math: Counting the Aftereffects of Potentially Spiritually Transformative Experiences
Abstract: This article provides a summary of current literature regarding the nature of spiritual development, types of potentially spiritually transformative experiences (pSTEs), and both short- and long-term aftereffects of pSTEs— biological, psychological, spiritual, and social. The author concludes that in the aftermath of pSTEs, experiencers, their intimates and associates, and their healthcare providers should be prepared to experience integration that can be manageable or be deeply challenging and that can be relatively brief or can last for years. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938077/
Critique of "A Prospectively Studied Near-Death Experience with Corroborated Out-of-Body Perceptions and Unexplained Healing"
Abstract: An article titled "A Prospectively Studied Near-Death Experience with Corroborated Out-of-Body Perceptions and Unexplained Healing" by Penny Sartori, Paul Badham, and Peter Fenwick was published in the Journal of Near-Death Studies in 2006. The authors concluded that the reported case strengthened "the cumulative experience derived from many other individual cases that suggest that our current models of consciousness must expand in order to provide and adequate explanation of NDEs" (p. 83). However, a closer examination of Sartori et al.'s paper raises significant questions about their methodology and interpretation of their findings. In particular, certain methodological weaknesses and possible interpretation biases undermine the paper's conclusions. This critique addresses both Sartori et al.'s original paper and relevant parts of Sartori's (2008) Ph.D. thesis published subsequently. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938080/
''Til Death Do Us Part:' Marital Aftermath of One Spouse's Near-Death Experience
Abstract: Research has revealed that following a near-death experience (NDE) a majority of experiencers (NDEers) change fundamentally in values, religious/spiritual beliefs, and relationship to paranormal phenomena. Much less is known about the relationship between aftereffects of one spouse's NDE and subsequent marital adjustment and stability. In this preliminary retrospective study, we addressed this question quantitatively with supplementary narrative data. Using the framework of John Gottman's (1999) Sound Marital House, we analyzed self-reported adjustment in and stability of the marriages of 26 NDEers before and after a self-identified life-changing event (LCE) unrelated to NDEs. Results indicated a significant reduction in marital meaning (p = .008), adjustment (p = .007), and stability (p = .005) in NDE compared to LCE couples, with a majority of NDE (65%) but only a minority of LCE (35%) couples' marriages ending in divorce. Implications for health professionals are discussed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938084/
State of Apparent Death and Origin of Dreams: A Historical Review of German Literature of the 19th and Early 20th Centuries
Abstract: In this article I review the German literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries that addressed two phenomena: the state of apparent death and the origin of dreams. Because the term near-death experiences (NDEs) did not yet exist, many features of those phenomena as they are currently understood were subsumed under the broad concept of the state of apparent death, whereas early theories of the origin of dreams included spiritual views that have similarities to current views of NDEs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938034/
An Exploratory Study of Recalled Childhood Spiritually Transformative Experiences Among a Specialized Population
Abstract: Fifty-three adult members of the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences completed an online author-created survey about their spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) as children. Included among the survey questions were age at STE; STE contents and aftereffects, both beneficial and challenging, both at home and at school; and recommendations for both experiencers and their parents. Results are reported as descriptive statistics with selected narrative responses. Findings of this exploratory study include that, following their STEs, some participants reportedly felt supported by those around them, but most felt isolated and different from their peers and needed acceptance and affirmation from the closest to them. The article concludes with limitations of the study and recommendations for future research. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938008/
Rejoinder to "Response to 'Critique of "A Prospectively Studied Near-Death Experience with Corroborated Out-of-Body Perceptions and Unexplained Healing"'"
Michael J. Rush discusses Penny Sartori's response to his critiques of her article "A Prospectively Studied Near-Death Experience with Corroborated Out-of-Body Perceptions and Unexplained Healing." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938007/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Joseph Geraci Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937992/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Are OBEs Evidence For Survival?" digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938075/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Susan Blackmore Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938001/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Melodie Olson Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938035/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "OBEs in the Blind." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937970/
An Ethnographic Study of Near-Death Experience Impact and Aftereffects and Their Cultural Implications
Abstract: In this paper, I describe the research method and key near-death experience (NDE) aftereffects- and integration-related findings of my dissertation research study (Gordon, 2007), the first published near-death studies research project to use the ethnographic method. I compare my findings with those of a comparable sociological study (Sutherland, 1995), with emphasis on NDE aftereffects and integration issues related to what I identified as a previously unrecognized pattern of unmet, NDE-integration-related health-education and counseling needs. Finally, I explore the cultural implications of near-death and similarly transformative experiences and posit that actualizing the potential social-wellness value of these experiences to those who have had them and to their societies requires research and practice that adequately addresses experiencers' health-education and counseling needs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938015/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Ronald Siegel and Ada Hirschman Reply." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938050/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Bozzano and Deathbed Visions." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937991/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Susan Blackmore Replies." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937975/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Are Out-of=Body Experiences Evidence For Survival?" digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938033/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Nancy Evans Bush Replies." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938086/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "More on Prophetic Visions and the Inner Self Helper." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937966/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Prophetic visions and the 'Inner Self Helper'." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938085/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "The Near-Death Experience of a Culture." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938082/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "H. J. Irwin Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938014/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Kenneth Ring Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938000/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Concerns about Ring and Rosing's Omega Project." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937994/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Bringing the NDE Home." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938036/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Roger Cook Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937974/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Sabom's Study Should Be Repeated." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938022/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Australian Questionnaire Survey of NDEs." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938048/
On the Term "Peak in Darien" Experience
Abstract: In this article, I propose to replace the term a "Peak in Darien" experience, which seems to be recently gaining ground, with some other term. Two reasons for this proposal are: (a) the term, taken from John Keats's well-known poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," is based on a series of misunderstanding over the years, and (b) using an expression requiring idiosyncratic cultural knowledge irrelevant to the topic may not be the best approach in scientific writing that will be widely read in both Western and non-Western cultures. As a possible substitute, I propose the terms "Encounter with Known Decedent Not Known to Have Died" (EKD) and "Encounter with Unknown Decedent (EUD)" to refer to the relevant cases. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938029/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Response to Brian Miller." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938068/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Further Commentary on Pam Reynolds's NDE." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937967/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Further Commentary on 'Induced OBEs'." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938020/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Augustine Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938044/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Four Errors Commonly Made by Professional Debunkers." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937962/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Study of Perception in Autoscopic NDEs." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937968/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on an article by Keith Augustine about near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938037/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on an article by Keith Augustine on veridical perception experiments and near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938054/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on an article by Keith Augustine on veridical perception experiments and near-death experiences. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937984/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Peake Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937988/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Woerlee Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938056/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on an article entitled "Cardiac Arrest and Near-Death Experiences" by G. M. Woerlee. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937977/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Credit for Coining Terms." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938083/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Perplexing Questions about Novak's 'Binary Soul Doctrine'." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc937990/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Response to Schroeter-Kunhardt." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938030/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Harold Widdison Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938087/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Vincent Responds." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938065/
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic of near-death experiences as mystical or religious. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc938013/