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Spirituality Scale Ceiling Effects and Near-Death Experiences: An Exploratory Study

Spirituality Scale Ceiling Effects and Near-Death Experiences: An Exploratory Study

Date: Winter 2011
Creator: Rominger, Ryan A.
Description: Abstract: A common theme noted among near-death experiencers (NDErs) is the affirmation of increased spirituality after their near-death experiences (NDEs). This study focused on the question of whether the Human Spirituality Scale (HSS), a commonly used spirituality measure, would exhibit a ceiling effect among NDErs. Thirty-seven participants from eight countries participated in the online study. HSS scores were compared with NDE Scale (Greyson, 1990) scores and demographic information. Results revealed no ceiling effect but revealed a positive correlation between the HSS and the NDE Scale. Additionally, exploratory post-hoc analysis was conducted on participant subgroups, comparing males and females and participants from India and the United States. Finally, preliminary findings regarding four NDErs self-identified as atheist/agnostic are described.
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Book Review: Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

Book Review: Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

Date: Winter 2010
Creator: Punzak, Dan
Description: Review of a book titled "Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience" written by Pam van Lommel.
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A For-Fee Publishing Service for the Local Community [Video]

A For-Fee Publishing Service for the Local Community [Video]

Date: September 18, 2014
Creator: Hawkins, Kevin S.
Description: Video recording of a presentation for Amigos Library Services online conference, "Libraries, Authors, and Publishing." This video presentation discusses a for-fee publishing service for the local community.
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Exploring the Integration of Near-Death Experience Aftereffects: Summary of Findings

Exploring the Integration of Near-Death Experience Aftereffects: Summary of Findings

Date: Autumn 2009
Creator: Rominger, Ryan A.
Description: Abstract: Preliminary evidence suggests that both near-death experiencers (NDErs) and nonexperiencers who learn about near-death experiences (NDEs) show beneficial aftereffects. In this article I summarize the findings of an exploratory study to examine a small group process utilizing spiritual guidance and expressive arts for integrating NDE aftereffects. Eleven adult participants -- four NDErs and seven non-NDErs -- completed a pretest, initial posttest, and longitudinal posttest consisting of a revised version of the Omega Life Change Questionnaire (Rominger-LCQ) and the Human Spirituality Scale, as well as semistructured individual and group interviews. I also collected the expressive art participants created during sessions, photographed it, and used it to identify pictorial themes. Quantitative results included some significant differences and some nonsignificant trends indicating greater spirituality and life changes among NDErs compared to non-NDErs and, for all participants, from pre- to posttest. Qualitative interview material revealed participants had learned material on a number of topics of including a broader understanding of, and ability to communicate about, the NDE. Qualitative pictorial data revealed themes suggesting that both NDErs and non-NDErs had integrated positive aftereffects. The process described herein may benefit spiritual guides and directors, expressive art therapists, and therapists working with individuals who have had ...
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Book Review: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Book Review: Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Date: Autumn 2010
Creator: Arnette, J. Kenneth
Description: Review of a book titled "Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences" written by Jeffrey Long, M.D., with Paul Perry.
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Double Vision: The Divided Self in Near-Death Experiences and Postmodernism

Double Vision: The Divided Self in Near-Death Experiences and Postmodernism

Date: Autumn 2009
Creator: Lee, Raymond L. M.
Description: Abstract: In Peter Novak's recent work (2003), he suggested the hypothesis that the human self is intrinsically bifurcated and separates into distinct components of consciousness at death. He referred to the near-death literature for evidence of this separation. His analysis of this literature implied that the after-death experience is not sequentially determined but is shaped simultaneously by different events corresponding to those components of consciousness. His proposal to reconcile those components addressed the need for self-integration at death. However, proponents of postmodernism question the singularity of self-identity and propose the multiplicity of self-experience. Their challenge to the belief in a wholly integrated self brings into question the therapeutic value of recognizing self-division in death. If the self lacks a foundation, then it is fruitless to seek an illusory level of integration. Rather, self-division in death points to a more astute understanding of the emptiness of the self.
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Book Review: Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story

Book Review: Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story

Date: Summer 2011
Creator: Turner, John L.
Description: Review of a book titled "Near-Death Experiences: The Rest of the Story" written by P. M. H. Atwater.
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Brief Report: Near-Death Experiences among a Sample of Iranian Muslims

Brief Report: Near-Death Experiences among a Sample of Iranian Muslims

Date: Autumn 2010
Creator: Fracasso, Cheryl; Aleyasin, Seyed Ali; Friedman, Harris & Young, M. Scott
Description: Abstract: Muslim near-death experiences (NDEs) have been rarely reported by comparison to the incident of NDEs reported in other groups. Recently, after Kreps (2009) found no NDEs in a sample from Pakistan and Kashmir, he concluded Muslim NDEs may even be nonexistent. However, in Arak City, Iran, we easily identified 19 Iranian Muslims who reported having experienced an NDE. Thirty participants claiming to have memories from a period of unconsciousness associated with a close brush with death completed a Persian translation of Greyson's (1983) NDE Scale as well as background and semi-structured questions. Of these, 19 (63%) scored 7 or higher on the NDE Scale, Greyson's criterion for a valid NDE. The presumed NDErs were 10 female and 9 male; aged 16 to 65 years old with a mean age of 33; ranging in education from no high school diploma (5%), to high school diploma (37%), to bachelor's degree (58%); reporting NDE circumstances of accident (58%), attempted suicide (16%), illness (11%), natural disaster (11%), and emotional trauma (5%); and reporting time since NDE ranging from less than one to 20 years with a mean of 8 years. Although low reliability precluded further statistical analysis of the data or comparison of ...
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Brief Report: Psychologists' Knowledge of and Attitudes about Near-Death Experiences: Changes over Time and Relationship to Transpersonl Self-Concept

Brief Report: Psychologists' Knowledge of and Attitudes about Near-Death Experiences: Changes over Time and Relationship to Transpersonl Self-Concept

Date: Autumn 2010
Creator: Fracasso, Cheryl; Friedman, Harris & Young, M. Scott
Description: Abstract: We conducted a comparison and extension of Walker and Russell's (1989) study of psychologists' knowledge of and attitudes about near-death experiences (NDEs). We used their Near-Death Phenomena Knowledge and Attitudes Questionnaire (NDPKAQ), consisting of one knowledge scale and two attitude scales, to explore possible changes over time. We also used the Self-Expansiveness Level Form -- Transpersonal Scale (SELF-TS; Friedman, 1983) to explore the relationship of transpersonal self-concept with knowledge of and attitudes about NDEs. We randomly surveyed 84 psychologists listed in the Washington state National Register and obtained 18 completed responses (61% male, 39% female; mean age 60 years; ethnicity unknown). The comparison of our NDPKAQ data with Walker and Russell's Illinois psychologists' data suggests psychologists' knowledge and attitudes about NDEs have remained unchanged over the pas two decades (p > .05). Two of the three NDPKAQ scale scores correlated significantly with the SELF-TS scores (p = .03, .05), suggesting a positive relationship between transpersonal self-concept and knowledge of and attitudes towards NDEs. We discuss limitations of our results and implications of our findings for professional education and training on NDEs.
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Book Review: The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

Book Review: The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

Date: Summer 2009
Creator: Rivas, Titus
Description: Review of a book titled "The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope" written by neurosurgeon Allan J. Hamilton.
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