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#46    zandore

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Posted 18 February 2006 - 02:42 PM

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 02:46 AM

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Denial of their illness is common in schizophrenics, manic depressives and others.  However, such denial is not persistent in other types of mental illness.  When it comes to this issue, maybe a good comparison for the "possessed" would be hypochondriacs.  They know there is a problem, but they misconstrue what the problem actually is.


Hypochondriacs could be true, but another fact about demonic possession is that it is rare. Although demonic possession appears to be on the rise, I would not believe that the average psychiatrist will ever meet a demonically possessed victim. We have mental dis-orders that have been documented in medical books that many psychiatrists will never even encounter during there practice. If they run a chance of never even seeing a diagnosed and registered medical illness, the chances of actually seeing a demonically possessed individual are just as rare. Not to mention the fact if a pyschiatrist actually met someone that was demonically possessed, they would do there best to never even think about that being a possible symptom, but instead send them on there way with pills or just advise a different psychiatrist.

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 05:49 PM

A professional psychiatrist would basically neuter his/her career if they openly admitted that they believed in possession.  So there is the possibility that there are some out there who have come to the conclusion that this phenomena is possible but they don't want to hurt their career.  This would be understandable since I think most are actually trying to help people with whatever disorder they may have and admittance to the "spiritual woo woo" would hamper their ability to do so.

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Posted 21 February 2006 - 01:13 AM

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...I would not believe that the average psychiatrist will ever meet a demonically possessed victim.


Now that, we can agree on!  thumbsup.gif   Except I think our reasons are very different.  So far, I have yet to see any evidence that demonic possession actually exists.


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Posted 21 February 2006 - 04:53 PM

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Now that, we can agree on!  thumbsup.gif   Except I think our reasons are very different.  So far, I have yet to see any evidence that demonic possession actually exists.


You need faith to believe in such things, or, you need to be present during an actual exorcism. If we had evidence it existed, it would obviously be in text books for pyschology. Now that is not as easy as it sounds. It would take another psychologist to fight against all the other ones with his beliefs, and he will more then likely be looked down upon by his peers. Its the same when a scientist theorizes another idea to go against the theory of relativity, his peers laugh at him no matter of the fact that they cannot prove him wrong. The same goes with hundreds of archaeologists that still try to prove that Atlantis still thrived. They have books about there theories on how it was real, but not everyone takes them literally. They have books on actual exorcisms, but once again, whether you believe them or not is up to you.

Picture it this way.....if your a pyschologist and you go to a pyschology convention saying you saw a REAL exorcism, is like going to NASA and saying you were abducted by an alien. May very well be true, but chances are they are going to laugh you, and thats gonna hurt your credibility and your career.

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