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Sleep Paralysis explores a distinctive form of nocturnal fright: the "night-mare," or incubus. In its original meaning a night-mare was the nocturnal visit of an evil being that threatened to press the life out of its victim. Today, it is known as sleep paralysis-a state of consciousness between sleep and wakefulness, when you are unable to move or speak and may experience vivid and often frightening hallucinations. Culture, history, and biology intersect to produce this terrifying sleep phenomenon. Although a relatively common experience across cultures, it is rarely recognized or understood in the contemporary United States.



Shelley R. Adler's fifteen years of field and archival research focus on the ways in which night-mare attacks have been experienced and interpreted throughout history and across cultures and how, in a unique example of the effect of nocebo (placebo's evil twin), the combination of meaning and biology may result in sudden nocturnal death.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Chapter 1: Consistencies: Cross-cultural Patterns
  2. pp. 8-36
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  1. Chapter 2: Continuities: A Transhistorical Bestiary
  2. pp. 37-58
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  1. Chapter 3: The Night-mare on the Analyst’s Couch
  2. pp. 59-73
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  1. Chapter 4: The Night-mare in the Sleep Lab
  2. pp. 74-93
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  1. Chapter 5: The Night-mare, Traditional Hmong Culture, and Sudden Death
  2. pp. 94-116
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  1. Chapter 6: The Night-mare and the Nocebo: Beliefs That Harm
  2. pp. 117-133
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 134-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-148
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  1. References
  2. pp. 149-164
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813552378
Related ISBN
9780813548852
MARC Record
OCLC
778339945
Pages
182
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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