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The Psychology of Paranormal Belief
The Psychology of Paranormal Belief

The Psychology of Paranormal Belief

A Researcher’s Handbook

BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

192 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $43.95)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9781902806938

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

University Hertfordshire Press (Sep 2009)
University Of Hertfordshire Press

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Overview

With a thorough and systematic review of investigations into the bases of belief in paranormal phenomena, this discussion explores the four main theoretical approaches relating to the nature of such beliefs. Objective and well-researched, this account addresses different points of view on the topic—while some commentators depict paranormal believers as foolish, others propose that paranormal beliefs must be understood as necessities that serve certain psychodynamic needs. The foundations and shortcomings of each approach are also documented, and a new comprehensive theory attempts to explain the development of scientifically unsubstantiated beliefs.

Reviews

"Fills the gap because it is up to date, formally written, and wide in scope . . . a particularly useful resource for students and teachers alike . . . as a textbook, Irwin's book is the best of its kind."  —Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research on An Introduction to Parapsychology

Author Biography

Harvey J. Irwin is an honorary research fellow in the school of psychology at the University of New England and the author of An Introduction to Parapsychology.