Psychiatrist De-Stigmatizes the ParanormalwithManuel Matas (1945 – 2022)

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Dr. Manuel Matas, MD, was a clinical psychiatrist with forty years of experience in university teaching hospitals and private practice. He was a portrait artist, photographer, and public speaker. He has worked in a variety of settings, including the Scarborough Board of Education, the University of Toronto, and the University of Manitoba teaching hospitals, including St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. He has served on the Board and the Scientific Council of the Canadian Psychiatric Association. He has many published articles in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals and has given presentations at national psychiatric conferences. He is author of The Borders of Normal: A Psychiatrist De-Stigmatizes the Paranormal, that was a Whistler Independent Book Awards Finalist. His Instagram account is

Throughout his life, Manuel had a number of experiences which could be considered anomalous or paranormal. It is his hope that by sharing his knowledge and experience in both psychiatry and the world unknown, he will provide a bridge between these two worlds and will give people permission to share their own experiences without shame or embarrassment. He gives advice to other psychiatrists about metapsychiatry and easily delineates between when a person is psychic or psychotic.

00:00 Introduction

02:10 Paranormal experiences

03:30 Hallucination or delusion

06:20 Stigma

08:05 Psychic or psychotic?

21:45 Metapsychiatry

31:58 Acceptance of parapsychology

44:31 Skeptics and believers

50:45 Advice to psychiatrists

51:36 Conclusion

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Published on October 21, 2023


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