Sunday, October 31, 2010

Diagnostic Criteria for Demonic Possession

ABSTRACT: This article addresses the validity of viewing demonic possession as a phenomenon distinct from any other form of pathology. It does so by briefly examining the historical relationship of demon possession and other forms of illness; reviewing some of the psychological research into the phenomena of possession; and then presenting a description of possession derived from a study of fourteen possessed individuals.

The article concludes that possessions do exist as a phenomena independent of the current commonly accepted forms of psychopathology. A diagnostic description of possession is then presented to enable a greater ability to differentiate cases of possession from the present categories of the DSM-III.


Isaacs TC (1987). The possessive states disorder: The diagnosis of demonic possession. Pastoral Psychology 35:263-273.

Magnetism Revealed (1784). From a popular pamphlet. Reproduced in Lancet (2009).

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At October 31, 2010 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I probably shouldn't self-diagnose, but this is me to a T....

At November 03, 2010 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you'd find this article on the election interesting...


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