Memories Of A Past Life Can Trigger PTSD
Children with vivid memories of a past life may be vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Erlendur Haraldsson, a psychologist at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik who has been researching cases of children with memories of a past life, has documented multiple cases in which the actual recollection of dying has led the child to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
This phenomenon is thought to be most prevalent in cases where the death being recalled was traumatic, such as in the case of a soldier being killed on the battlefield or the victim of a plane crash.
Haraldsson found that children with the most vivid past-life memories frequently exhibited behavioral problems including difficulty concentrating, outbursts of anger and an intense fear of the particular situation in which they had allegedly perished during their previous existence.
Dr. Jim Tucker also reported similar findings in his book Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives. “In the cases in which the previous person died an unnatural death, over 35 percent of the children show an intense fear of the mode of death,” he wrote.
Whether these cases genuinely demonstrate examples of children recalling how they previously died however remains a matter of some debate. While the subjects may be experiencing legitimate behavioral problems it could be that the reincarnation hypothesis is being applied to an existing psychological disorder as oppose to the disorder being caused by memories of a past life.
The results of these studies, as always, remain both controversial and inconclusive.
Source: Epoch Times |
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