Exceptional Experiences

In the last twenty years or so, exceptional experiences have often been reported in the press. These exceptional experiences are popularly known as "paranormal experiences." The term "paranormal" typically infers ideas of reported telekinesis, clairvoyance, and the like. In actuality, paranormal simply means "beside" or "beyond" the normal. About 25% of all patients interviewed reported some type of exceptional (otherwise known as "paranormal") experience.

Though reports of these experiences sound far from normal to the average person, enough research has been done to categorize the majority of these reports into four groups:

  1. out-of-body experiences (OBEs),
  2. near-death experience (NDEs),
  3. near-death visits, and
  4. encounters with the grim reaper.

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Patients can have an assortment of paranormal or exceptional experiences while unconscious, such as out-of-body experiences, and even Encounters with the Grim Reaper.