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Hist Psychiatry. 2018 Mar;29(1):110-125. doi: 10.1177/0957154X17734782. Epub 2017 Oct 13.

Final chapter, From India to the Planet Mars: A Study of a Case of Somnambulism with Glossolalia, by Théodore Flournoy (1900).

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1
University of São Paulo, Brazil.
2
Parapsychology Foundation, USA.

Abstract

Among the many attempts to explain mediumship psychologically at the turn of the century were the efforts of Swiss psychologist Théodore Flournoy (1854-1920). In his well-known book Des Indes à la Planète Mars (1900), translated as From India to the Planet Mars (1900), Flournoy analysed the mediumistic productions of medium Hélène Smith (1861-1929), consisting of accounts of previous lives in France and in India, and material about planet Mars. Flournoy explained the phenomena as a function of cryptomnesia, suggestive influences, and subconscious creativity, analyses that influenced both psychology and psychical research. The purpose of this Classic Text is to reprint the conclusion of Flournoy's study, whose ideas were developed in the context of psychological attention to mediumship and secondary personalities.

KEYWORDS:

Dissociation; Hélène Smith; Théodore Flournoy; mediumship; psychical research; subconscious creativity

PMID:
29027813
DOI:
10.1177/0957154X17734782
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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