A Cambridge researcher explains the place of parapsychology

Parapsychology deals with the investigation of paranormal phenomena such as psychokinesis, near-death experiences, telepathy and reincarnation. It wasn’t a hot topic to begin with, but many scientists were still interested in conducting research. Today, even research from leading institutes rarely makes it to the news channels.

Physical and materialistic research are considered antithetical. Parapsychology research was always a part of science. Like it or not, it has a place in modern science, says Andreas Sommer, a junior researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Research at the University of Cambridge, England

Sommer recently published an article in the European Journal of Physiotherapy and Counselling. He says his goal is to prove that parapsychological phenomena exist. This topic is wrongly marginalized and requires an open debate. Psychotherapists are directed to imagine hypothetical situations for their patients and report paranormal experiences.

He says that in some situations, you may not encourage your client’s belief in this phenomenon because of their emotional issues and conflicts. On the other hand, you can find patients who go through real paranormal experiences. Instead of observing it neutrally, you can inspire the client’s confidence in high realities.

Instead of helping your clients let go of naive and irrational beliefs, you can recognize that some people can use transpersonal optimism to their advantage and possibly overcome emotional and concrete difficulties.

The idea that this field is not scientific emerged at the end of the nineties; it arose from religious, philosophical and political beliefs rather than scientific data. Sommer explains; if we see a straw moving due to the action of our will, we will be terrified. The influence of our mind over matter is not limited to the surface of our skin, and nothing in this world is safe for anyone.

He was not trying to substitute one psychological explanation for another and use it to make his point. At some point in life, we can recognize personal and cultural problems in the field of human activity, we have to face them and they seem inescapable.

Sommer agrees with psychoanalysts, such as William Gillespie and many others. They have noted that there is a strong tendency among researchers to respond emotionally and irrationally.

Sommer’s conclusion:

Sommer also commented on the emotional aspect, rather than the scientific approach that many scientists investigate. There is always opposition to new ideas in the field of science and because of this many possibilities are overlooked. The hateful and emotional nature of attacks has always plagued parapsychological research.

He said that recognition of the rational dilemma should not be confused with arrogant dogmatism and lazy thinking. Away from our critical thinking, admitting phenomena of parapsychology can motivate us to try harder to identify, eliminate and accept inevitable entities that hinder our open mind.