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Preliminary Findings - February 2008**
The Nature Incidence and Impact of Parapsychological Phenomena
(by permission of Rosemary Breen)


This study is based on a survey conducted over the Internet during the last three months of 2006. The anonymous questionnaire gathered qualitative and quantitative data on spontaneous paranormal experiences. In particular, it covered ten categories of parapsychological phenomena which are listed below. Over 4,000 surveys were lodged but some were either incomplete, lodged by people under 18 years of age, or by those who had not experienced the paranormal. These surveys were set aside, leaving a final sample size of 3,194 paranormal experients.

Of the final sample:

• 62% were females
• the dominant age groups were the 18-35 year olds (45%) and the 36-55 year olds (43%)
• the four most highly represented countries were USA (62%), Australia (15%), UK (8%), and Canada (7%)
• in total, 59 countries were represented

The aim of the exploratory study was to address three specific research questions:
• what is the nature and incidence of spontaneous parapsychological phenomena?
• how do paranormal experiences impact on the experients?
• what personal meaning do experients ascribe to their paranormal experiences?

Quantitative Findings
• the most commonly reported phenomenon was deja vu, which was reported by 90% of the paranormal
• this was followed by premonitions (79%), apparitions (68%), telepathy (66%), out-of-body experiences (56%),
reincarnations (44%), psychokinesis (36%), auras (34%), and mediumship (26%). The least frequently reported
experience was a near-death episode (14%)
• there was a significant difference in the level of incidence of paranormal experience in favour of females
• the trend was for paranormal experients to encounter multiple experiences of the same phenomena
• on average parapsychological experients reported five multiple types of phenomena
• there were variations in the level of paranormal phenomena reported by residents of the four major contributing
• at least one in ten of every first encounter of every type of phenomenon occurred before the age of six years
• 30% of all first experiences, of eight of the ten types of phenomenon, happened before adolescence
• more than 50% of all first experiences, of eight of the ten types of phenomenon, were experienced before
adulthood. The exceptions were auras and mediumship.

Qualitative Data

• nearly 70% of the survey respondents agreed with the statement: the paranormal has existed for so long that it should be investigated
• 70% of the experients answered Yes to the question: has your experience of the paranormal changed your attitude to life? The biggest effects noted were on the experients ‘themselves’, on their attitude to ‘life after death’, the ‘whole meaning of life question’ and their ‘attitude to death itself’
• most experients regarded the paranormal as a positive influence in their lives but some linked their parapsychological experiences with their own experiences of abuse and trauma, and feelings of loneliness,
isolation, and difference. Few experients regarded the paranormal as ‘evil’, of ‘little value to us’, or ‘nonsense’
• a number of themes emerged about what causes the paranormal including religious and spiritual manifestations,scientific explanations, and references to spiritualism, genealogy, and gender


The preliminary findings of the study are that paranormal experiences:
• are predominantly life affirming
• indicate national variations
• are reported by more females than males
• can be first experienced at a very early age
• can be encountered throughout life
• can be experienced multiple times and in multiple forms by experients.

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