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Altered States of Consciousness and Mystical Experiences during Sensory Isolation in Flotation Tank: Is the Highly Sensitive Personality Variable of Importance?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5668-0469
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology.
2010 (English)In: Imagination, Cognition and Personality, ISSN 0276-2366, Vol. 29, no 2, 135-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to investigate if the highly sensitive personality variable affects the occurrence of mystical experiences and degree of altered states of consciousness during sensory isolation in flotation-tank. Forty-eight persons (20 men, 28 females) were included. Background variables and the Highly Sensitive Personality Scale (HSP) were assessed. The independent variable was derived from this scale, where two groups were formed: low sensitivity and high sensitivity. The treatment lasted 45 minutes in the flotation tank. Dependent variables were assessed through scales measuring mystical experiences and degree of altered states of consciousness. The group with highly sensitive persons experienced significant more mystical experiences and higher degree of altered states of consciousness during the treatment compared to the other group. Also the highly sensitive persons exhibited more stress and anxiety at arrival, but no differences of depression and optimism were found between the groups

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Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 29, no 2, 135-146 p.
Keyword [en]
flotation tank, altered states of consciousness, relaxation, mystical experiences, highly sensitive person
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-11595DOI: 10.2190/IC.29.2.dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-11595DiVA: diva2:493189
Available from: 2012-02-08 Created: 2012-02-08 Last updated: 2015-11-12Bibliographically approved

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