Exorcism, Positive Outcomes with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Exorcism Revisited: Positive Outcomes with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Abstract
Forty-seven separate incidents of exorcism, conducted on 15 Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) patients, were retrospectively investigated by a neutral interviewer using the Exorcism Experiences Questionnaire. Five types of exorcism were identified based on eight methodological factors. These factors were patient permission, noncoercion, active participation of the patient, understanding of DID dynamics by the exorcist, implementation of the exorcism within the context of psychotherapy, compatibility of the procedure with the patient’€™s spiritual beliefs, incorporation of the patient’€™s belief system, and encouragement of patient self-independence regarding exorcism. Descriptive analysis yielded 24 positive patient responses and 23 diverse responses, based on the presence or absence of these factors. Exorcisms that incorporated all factors consistently had positive responses. Symptom outcomes and experiences are discussed in light of the five different types of exorcism.
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  1. Steve

     /  06/05/2011

    If I read this correctly it says that exorcisms showed positive outcomes in the treatment of DID patients?

    In theory, then, it might be possible to show positive outcomes by treating DID patients with Pepto Bismol, as long as the patients are assured by therapists/exorcists that Pepto Bismol will cure them?

    I’m sorry. It’s late and I’ve been at this too long tonight.

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