- By Shelley R. Adler

Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection (Studies in Medical Anthropology)

  • Title: Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection (Studies in Medical Anthropology)
  • Author: Shelley R. Adler
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sleep Paralysis Night mares Nocebos and the Mind Body Connection Studies in Medical Anthropology You fall asleep but are soon disturbed by a strange noise When you try to sit up you find you are paralyzed with sickening dread you sense an evil presence approaching Sleep Paralysis explores a di

    You fall asleep, but are soon disturbed by a strange noise When you try to sit up, you find you are paralyzed with sickening dread, you sense an evil presence approaching Sleep Paralysis explores a distinctive form of nocturnal fright the night mare, or incubus In its original meaning a night mare was the nocturnal visit of an evil being that threatened to pressYou fall asleep, but are soon disturbed by a strange noise When you try to sit up, you find you are paralyzed with sickening dread, you sense an evil presence approaching.Sleep Paralysis explores a distinctive form of nocturnal fright the night mare, or incubus In its original meaning a night mare was the nocturnal visit of an evil being that threatened to press the life out of its victim Today, it is known as sleep paralysis a state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness, when you are unable to move or speak and may experience vivid and often frightening hallucinations Culture, history, and biology intersect to produce this terrifying sleep phenomenon Although a relatively common experience across cultures, it is rarely recognized or understood in the contemporary United States Shelley R Adler s fifteen years of field and archival research focus on the ways in which night mare attacks have been experienced and interpreted throughout history and across cultures and how, in a unique example of the effect of nocebo placebo s evil twin , the combination of meaning and biology may result in sudden nocturnal death.

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    1. For my Spanish review; click here: lunairereadings/2This is a book that tries to disect the common phenomenom of the night-mare; with an hyphen; because it is in certain cultures believed to be the visit of a spirit (called the night-mare); who infuses terror and prevents the dreamer from being capable of any movement. Some recreational drugs such as PCP or Ketamine are also used for the same purposes; because of the overwhelming horror sensation that delivers a potent dosis of adrenalin in the [...]

    2. If you are interested in understanding more about that feeling of helplessness when you wake up from a nap and cannot move, read this book.

    3. Cool overview of the phenomenon of sleep paralysis considering both the scientific/physiological explanations and the folklore surrounding it. As the author points out, these two things often affect each other and people sometimes incorporate what they know of one into the other.The author also talks about a rash of deaths of immigrants to the US that seem to be linked to it. Usually of course you don't die from this experience, but given the right psychological state, beliefs and the enough str [...]

    4. note: A nexttheweek/article/index/2202"Adler makes the provocative claim that the Laotian immigrants of the 1980s were in some sense killed by their powerful cultural belief in night spirits Her argument amounts to a stirring and chilling case for the power of the nocebo, the flip side to the placebo effect.""The ethnic group fought a guerrilla war against the government of Laos with U.S. backing during the Vietnam War. When the Laotian communists won, many Hmong struck out for America to avoid [...]

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