Originally Posted by Darrell
Given what you said above, what are your thoughts concerning cases of demonic possession? Do you think it simply a religious concept? And if so, what are your thoughts concerning the practice of exorcism?
This might be useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demonic_possession
I have read about 'demonic possession' over the years in the course of reading about the paranormal in general. I tend to think it's mental and psychological disturbances even though some cases are very intriguing.
Exorcism has worked in some cases but then the person 'possessed' probably thinks that's real too just like their 'possesssion' which is why it works.
I'm agnostic so I leave the door open but I have never read about a case that was ever really confirmed in any objective manner.
I use the medical model below for now ,but I won't rule out the possibility that 'unknown entities' could do this.
from wiki link:
"Demonic possession is not recognized as a psychiatric
or medical diagnosis by either the DSM-IV
or the ICD-10
. There are many psychological ailments commonly misunderstood as demonic possession, particularly dissociative identity disorder
. In cases of dissociative identity disorder in which the alter
personality is questioned as to its identity, 29% are reported to identify themselves as demons,
but doctors see this as a mental disease called demonomania or demonopathy, a monomania
in which the patient believes that he or she is possessed by one or more demons.