RSPK 4.0 – When Ghosts Dance out of Line | Walter von Lucadou

Walter von Lucadou, head of the Parapsychological Counselling Office at Freiburg (WGFP), presents the new version of the Freiburg RSPK Model, synthesizing six different profiles according to their phenomenology and characteristics.

This presentation aims at cleaning up – or disturbing – prejudices and opinions as well as certain categories and rash explanations about RSPK, for there is not always an adolescent person at hand when, once again, cups are falling out of the cupboard… It is also a matter of the affected persons, and we must question ourselves about the potential benefit of a broken cup – as sometimes “break a thing, mend you luck”.

We will discuss the typical development in phases (as the Freiburg-model suggests), phenomenological aspects, characteristics of the so-called focus person and the aspect of theatricality. Afterwards different cases will be presented, which are prototypical in their development, but at the same time atypical, because in some points they differ significantly from the classical Freiburg RSPK model.

We will conclude with some summarizing reflections. To get a more differentiated view on RSPK we have decided to describe the following dimensions:

• Old age RSPK

• Neurotic RSPK

• Salutary RSPK

• Protective RSPK

• Depressive RSPK

• Grief RSPK

The phenomenology itself seems to adapt to the age of the focus person: phenomena in case of adolescents often are loud, impressive and dynamic, with an increasing tendency to include the world of new media and virtual reality – older focus persons, however, are experiencing rather discreet phenomena referring much less to virtual worlds or technology – unless the focus person has a special affinity with these things.

So, we can see that, comparing different age groups, there already exist some deviations from current assumptions about RSPK. Besides this observation of the effects from life age on RSPK experiences, we are trying to find out whether other exterior circumstances do have effects on RSPK.

Presented at the “62nd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association” on July 4, 2019, Paris, France; program chaired by Ramses D’Leon. Download the Abstracts at

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Published on July 10, 2021