British scientists from the University of Durham and the University of Northumbria conducted a study involving practicing spiritualists to understand - what determines their ability to "hear" the voices of deceased people? The very fact of the presence of these voices is not considered, they are by default considered a complex acoustic hallucination. However, why do some hear voices and become schizophrenic or go crazy, while others take them calmly and even build a business on it?
65 members of the National Union of Spiritualists in Great Britain were invited for the study, plus after polls on social networks, another 143 people were recruited who claimed to have heard the voices of the dead. It turned out that 44.6% of spiritualists hear voices every day, and 79% called the phenomenon a part of everyday life. Interestingly, at least 32% said that sometimes the sound comes from outside, and is not born inside their consciousness.
Almost all spiritualists ignore the opinions of others about their abilities and occupations, they have no negative feelings about this, unlike those who sometimes hear voices. This is the result of training, purposeful study of the craft and honing skills - many did not know about spiritualism at all until they suddenly began to hear inexplicable voices. On average, it starts at the age of 21.5, so it should come as no surprise that someone gets scared and gets mentally disturbed over time. But the one who decided to figure out his problem usually succeeds.
The study showed that although spiritualists readily believe in the paranormal, they are not the basis of their talent, because ordinary people with an even greater belief in miracles and mysticism do not have the ability to hear the voices of the dead. Scientists have come to the conclusion that this feature does not depend on the origin or upbringing of a person. Rather, it is closer to teaching the arts, when the artist learns to see the images of the future painting, the musician composes the melody, and the poet “catches the muse” and selects rhymes.