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  1. Rebekah Copas says:

    I am curious also, about the statistic of .3 to .7 percent of people being diagnosed with schizophrenia having hallucinations. The 8-15% receiving sensory perceptions which are unique to their own biology, is unsurprising, and I expected that to be more. However, I guess many people who see, hear, or feel, things nobody else in their vicinity is seeing hearing or feeling, have enough capacity to figure out that it is only a time and location discrepancy causing their experience to be unique to their own mind. But if that was not the case for 98% of schizophrenics, then the diagnosis of schizophrenia might not be useful any more. But to know what is going on, we need more information. For example, we’d need to answer questions like: Are schizophrenics hallucinating more than .3-.7% if without medication; Are schizophrenics hallucinating but no longer openly able to tell psychiatrists about their hallucinating; If schizophrenics are still hallucinating, and not reporting hallucinations, was there a retained danger in their behavioral responses??? Answering questions like these, might not be entirely possible, but perhaps is necessary before more of mainstream academia can accept that enough psychological safety is in place for the mainstream study of non-ordinary states of consciousness. We can’t let such states of consciousness become inducted in anybody without a surety of safety that is not likely to be forthcoming.

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