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Do highly sensitive persons experience more non-ordinary states of consciousness during sensory isolation?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1690-2573
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5668-0469
2014 (English)In: Social behavior and personality, ISSN 0301-2212, E-ISSN 1179-6391, Vol. 42, no 9, p. 1495-1506Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our aim was to investigate whether or not highly sensitive persons experienced more nonordinary/altered states of consciousness (ASC) during 45 minutes of sensory isolation in a flotation tank, than did less sensitive persons. Psychology students (N = 57) were allocated to 1 of 2 groups (high and low levels of sensitivity) depending on their score on the Highly Sensitive Person Scale. Prior to the flotation session participants completed questionnaires to assess their degree of depression, anxiety, optimism, absorption, and how often they had experienced a mystical state. After the flotation session we assessed degree of ASC. The main finding was that the highly sensitive individuals experienced significantly more ASC during flotation than did the individuals in the low sensitivity group. Further, the highly sensitive participants had significantly more absorption and anxiety, and had experienced mystical states more frequently prior to flotation, in comparison to individuals with low-level sensitivity.

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Society for Personality Research , 2014. Vol. 42, no 9, p. 1495-1506
Keyword [en]
highly sensitive person, sensory processing sensitivity, flotation tank, sensory isolation, nonordinary state of consciousness, altered state of consciousness
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Applied Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34558DOI: 10.2224/sbp.2014.42.9.1495ISI: 000344358500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-34558DiVA, id: diva2:761457
Available from: 2014-11-06 Created: 2014-11-06 Last updated: 2017-08-11Bibliographically approved

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