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Adam J. Rock; Julie Beischel & Gary E. Schwartz

>     Thematic Analysis of Research Mediums' Experiences of Discarnate Communication

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Adam J. Rock; Julie Beischel & Gary E. Schwartz
>     Thematic Analysis of Research Mediums' Experiences of Discarnate Communication


ADAM J. ROCK
Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

JULIE BEISCHEL
The Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, Tucson, Arizona

GARY E. SCHWARTZ
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona


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Abstract

Mediums claim to be able to report accurate and specific information about the deceased loved ones (termed discarnates) of living people (termed sitters) even without any prior knowledge about the sitters or the discarnates and in the complete absence of any sensory feedback. Despite recent experimental research investigating this phenomenon (e.g., Beischel & Schwartz, 2007a), no systematic qualitative studies have been conducted.

Consequently, eight research mediums were asked to describe in as much detail as possible how they personally experience receiving communication from a discarnate, as part of a comprehensive nine-step subject screening procedure. Thematic analysis revealed seven comprehensive constituent themes that were used to formulate a fundamental structural definition.


Introduction

A growing public interest in the phenomenon of mediumship is clearly evident in the current rise of this topic in various aspects of popular culture. Numerous books, television shows, and movies featuring mediums - those who experience regular communication with the deceased - have moved from the obscure realm of the occult to the recognizable mainstream.

The conventional scientific community has only just begun to recognize mediumship as a topic worth investigating when, in fact, the scientific study of mediums is over a century old.

 

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