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Sleep Paralysis Night-Mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection

ISBN-10: 0813548861
ISBN-13: 9780813548869
Edition: 2011
Authors: Shelley R. Adler
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Description: Sleep Paralysisexplores 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 1/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Sleep Paralysisexplores 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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Consistencies: Cross-cultural Patterns
Continuities: A Transhistorical Bestiary
The Night-mare on the Analyst's Couch
The Night-mare in the Sleep Lab
The Night-mare, Traditional Hmong Culture, and Sudden Death
The Night-mare and the Nocebo: Beliefs That Harm
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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