Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Psychiatry in the 1980's and 1990's has seen a rapid progression in the understanding of dissociative disorders, especially multiple personality disorder. Another phenomenon which has had a parallel rise in the past decade is trance channeling. Channeling is the process by which an individual enters a trance-like state and surrenders control of the body to a "guide" or "entity" who communicates with the listeners or "sitters" gathered for a "reading." The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between these two phenomena, specifically questioning whether channeling is a variant of multiple personality disorder or if it is pathological.

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