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Down the Rabbit Hole
Paul Kiritsis, PsyD candidate, DPhil., MA (Psychology), MA (History)


Blogs and Articles

Straddling Worldviews: Reality through the eyes of a modern mystic

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing the congenial, effervescent Charity Ann Ross [or C’ante Was’te Winyan, denoting “Woman with a Good Heart” in the Dakota Sioux language], a woman who lives with one foot in a materialistic, linear universe on which the hegemony of the Western mind sciences are predicated and the other in the animistic, non-material univer ..

The Chicken-Egg Debate: The Co-occurance of Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder

Comorbid drug addiction and mental illness appears to be just one of innumerable manifestations of the philosophical conundrum known as the chicken-egg debate. Even if the clinical literature has intimated an inexplicable link between the entwined phenomena, nobody can profess with any quanta of confidence as to whether the implied relationship is causal or correlational; is mental illnes ..

Paul Kiritsis announces topic for the Fourth Dorothea Dix Award

Paul Kiritsis is pleased to announce the fourth Dorothea Dix Award for all those who have overcome or battled mental or physical illness, disability, or injury. For 2017, entrants are required to answer the following question in 800-2500 words. Back from the Brink: Anomalous Healing Experiences Under the contemporary medical model anomalous healings are usually constr ..

The Savage Past: An Anomalous Experience that Shaped my Life

Looking back over my own autobiographical history, one anomalous experience standing out like a sore thumb is a dark day in my early teens when I underwent a strange malady of unknown origin (Kiritsis, 2009). It began sometime during the summer of January 1992. I was twelve and had just returned from a family vacation in Adelaide and Mildura, reveling in the aftermath of excitement  ..

Anomalous Healings

Anomalous healings seem to be cross-cultural and transgenerational phenomena. Under the contemporary medical model they are usually construed as “spontaneous remissions” of cancerous tumors, recoveries, and alterations in normatively unchangeable body processes like rapid wound healings (Krippner and Achterberg, 2000). On the other hand the associative techniques and practices whic ..

Types of Anomalous Experiences

Three anomalous experiences that are rare but explained within conventional frameworks are autoscopic hallucinations, stigmata, and the multiple nuclei of consciousness which seems to be the chief characteristic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). In an autoscopic phenomenon the individual briefly perceives a doppelganger of themselves in extrapersonal space from the vantage point of the  ..

Anomalous experiences: Transformational Crises or Pathological Psychoses?

Psychology has a monumental role to play when it comes to understanding and contextualizing anomalous experiences. The first strides, from a historical perspective, were made in the 1880s by the British Society for Psychical Research. Roughly a century afterwards Stanislav and Christina Grof took it a step further when they pioneered the related terms spiritual emergence and spiritual eme ..

Paul Kiritsis announces the Winner of the Third Dorothea Dix Award

After considerable deliberation, Paul Kiritsis elected Disempowering Support by Stevie Wills as the winner of the third Dorothea Dix Award. The annual prize will be presented at the monthly meeting of the Jung Society of Melbourne in due course. Disempowering Support accurately describes some of the pejorative and unjust collective attitudes propagated under the hegemony of a cont ..

Know Thyself: An Interview with Self

If you could be anything in the world what would it be? The wind, for it is unencumbered and expands. If you could describe your life using a song, which would it be? Cancao do Mar, Song of the Sea, by Dulce Pontes If you were a color, which would it be? Powder blue, the color of serenity and unity. If you were an ancient deity, who might that be? Eros, the Go ..

Anomalous Experiences: What are they?

An anomalous experience can be defined as a subjective, idiosyncratic, and/or uncommon experience that is incongruent and/or deviates from the sociocultural-mediated understanding of consensus reality accepted as veridical, normative, and empirically valid by the collective prerogative. This definition is consistent with the definition given by Cardena, Lynn, and Krippner (2000) who desc ..