What is it about?

This case study describes the application of a cognitive approach to a patient who became distressed by an apparent precognitive dream. She dreamed that her boyfriend was betraying her. While working through her dream she was able to realize and question different negative thoughts about herself that made her feel worthless and defective. Following this last phase of the psychotherapeutic process, the patient rapidly learned to react differently to her deep fear of abandonment. The effectiveness of treatment is discussed by considering the results of explicit and implicit (Rorschach) measures of personality and psychopathology.

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Why is it important?

The findings of this case study show that a clinical approach to apparent paranormal experiences might favor the development of healthy traits of the personality. Thus I suggest that clinicians should pay attention to these kinds of phenomena whenever they occur in the contexts of a psychotherapy, as they might have important implications both for the assessment procedure and the therapeutic process


I am very passionate about exploring ways to reduce individuals' psychopathology by exploring the healing potentials of apparent paranormal experiences. I am grateful to my patient for giving me the possibility of sharing her experience. I hope that this study inspires more research on the effectiveness of a therapeutic approach focused on anomalous experiences.

Psy.D, Ph.D Giuseppe Scimeca
Simple Operative Unit (U.O.S.) Psychology Service of Alcamo Castelvetrano, Complex Operative Unit (U.O.C.) Psychology Service of Trapani, Provincial Health Authority (ASP) n. 9 of Trapani, Italy

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This page is a summary of: Fear of premonition: A case report of cognitive therapy integrated with eye movement desensitization and reprocessing., Psychology of Consciousness Theory Research and Practice, August 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cns0000369.
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