Sesssion 1, March 1st, 2023.
InterPsi–Laboratory of Psychosocial Studies
Institute of Psychology
University of São Paulo, Brazil
“Poltergeists in Brazil: Case Studies, Theoretical Approaches and
Abstract: Poltergeists are intriguing because they challenge our understanding of anomalous physical events and raise questions about our relationships with the environment (which includes relationships with other human beings). Poltergeist features can be mixed or confused with haunting cases depending on the perspective of the explanations given to the observed or narrated phenomena. This presentation will review concepts of poltergeists and hauntings, with special attention to poltergeist cases. Explanatory approaches that prevail in Brazil will be focused on, with comments on some Brazilian cases and their social
repercussions according to the function and meaning of anomalous occurrences as they are perceived in different approaches. Therefore, especially psychosocial and semiotic aspects will be focused upon.
Fatima Regina Machado is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. in Social Psychology (2009) and Communication and Semiotics (2003). The focus of her research has been the clinical management of anomalous and/or religious experiences, and psi experiences, mainly poltergeist and haunting-type cases. She is one of the coordinators of InterPsi–Laboratory of Psychosocial Studies “Belief, Subjectivity, Culture
and Health” at the Institute of Psychology, University of São Paulo.
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Published on March 2, 2023