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Understanding the Unknown: A Thematic Analysis of Subjective Paranormal Experiences

Drinkwater, Kenneth and Dagnall, Neil and Grogan, Sarah and RILEY, Victoria (2017) Understanding the Unknown: A Thematic Analysis of Subjective Paranormal Experiences. Informit.

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This study investigated personal accounts of subjective paranormal experiences (SPEs). Ten UK-based participants took part in semi-structured interviews, where they discussed how alleged paranormal experiences made them feel, whether the narrated event(s) was unusual/strange, and what they believed caused the occurrence(s). Interview transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis; a qualitative method that identifies patterns within data. Five central themes emerged (sensory experiences, you are not alone, distortion of reality, personal growth, and socio-cultural factors). Consideration of themes revealed an intricate, inextricable link between perception, interpretation and belief. Generally, SPEs were associated with the desire to comprehend the unknown and a reluctance to accept the uncertain. Findings provided important insights into the phenomenology of paranormal experience, suggested avenues for future research and were consistent with previous findings.

Item Type: Other
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Andrew LITTLE
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 13:25
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 14:37
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3919

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