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I'm doing research on alleged testimonies and evidences of the Spirit Realm. In particular, I've been lately reviewing testimonies and live recordings of exorcisms. In doing this research I came across 3 live recordings of exorcisms which I find particularly impressive. I say impressive because in my opinion the exorcisms look quite convincing, and I lack the expertise in psychology and neuroscience to provide a proper materialist explanation for them other than assuming that we are watching paid actors showcasing an awesome performance.

Common patterns are that the allegedly possessed person seems to switch personality (as if the alleged entity's personality is taking over), sometimes the exorcist and the alleged entity establish conversation, sometimes the person starts to "throw up" the alleged entity out of their body just right before full deliverance is achieved.

The videos are relatively short, so I really encourage the reader to watch them to understand what I'm talking about.

Here are the videos:

1) TESTIMONY TURNS DELIVERANCE (6:49)

2) Lady's Voice Turns into a Man's Voice - Exorcist Bob Larson Throws out the Demon! (5:15)

3) Woman named Veronica, is exorcised by Bob Larson ( Video not for kids ). (8:15)

What is the psychological explanation for exorcisms?

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    $\begingroup$ Related: psychology.stackexchange.com/q/3707/7001 $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Feb 24 at 6:21
  • $\begingroup$ If you haven't already, I suggest reading about Anneliese Michel or watching The Exorcism of Emily Rose. If you can find a record of the actual court hearings, I believe there was a Catholic Psychologist or medical professional who explained the psychology behind exorcisms. $\endgroup$ – Cardinal - Reinstate Monica Feb 25 at 5:23

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