Altered State

Publication Title: 
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Identity fusion is a feeling of oneness with the group that induces people to tether their feelings of personal agency to the group. We accordingly proposed that increasing the agency of fused persons by elevating autonomic arousal would amplify their tendency to endorse and actually enact pro-ingroup behavior. In 4 experiments, increasing autonomic arousal through physical exercise elevated heart rates and fusion-unrelated activity among all participants. Fused participants, however, uniquely responded to arousal by translating elevated agency into endorsement of pro-group activity.

Author(s): 
Swann, William B.
Gómez, Angel
Huici, Carmen
Morales, J. Francisco
Hixon, J. Gregory
Publication Title: 
Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: The Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)

In this work it is suggested that color induces phenomenal wholeness, part-whole organization and fragmentation. The phenomenal wholeness subsumes the set of its main attributes: homogeneity, continuity, univocality, belongingness, and oneness. If color induces wholeness, it can also induce fragmentation. Therefore, in order to understand the role played by color within the process of part-whole organization, color is used both as a wholeness and as a fragmentation tool, thus operating synergistically or antagonistically with other wholeness processes.

Author(s): 
Pinna, Baingio
Uccula, Arcangelo
Tanca, Maria
Publication Title: 
Journal of Religion and Health

This article explores one of C. G. Jung's generally neglected essays, his psychological interpretation of the Trinity, and links up key theoretical notions with several more mainstream psychoanalytic concepts. It further uses the notions of oneness, otherness, thirdness, and the fourth to consider the recent points of convergence between psychoanalysis and religion.

Author(s): 
Lamborn, Amy Bentley
Publication Title: 
Family & Community Health

This qualitative, focus group study explored the role of cultural/community activities in potentially promoting identities and mental health among urban American Indians who have mixed racial/ethnic heritages (e.g., African, Hispanic, and Caucasian) including those with mental illness in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (n = 25). The study identified a variety of unique benefits of cultural/community activities including its role in nurturing identity, belongingness, spiritual wakening and renewal, and mental health.

Author(s): 
Iwasaki, Yoshitaka
Byrd, Namorah G.
Onda, Tetsuya
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Two programs of empirical research have endeavored to explicate some of the unconscious processes involved in adult phenomena of merger, symbiosis, or oneness. Starting in the 1960s under the leadership of Lloyd Silverman (see, e.g., Silverman, Lachmann, and Milich 1982), subliminal psychodynamic activation (SPA) has used subliminal methods to prime and manipulate these processes. Later research into what was termed oneness motivation (OM) posited the existence of a chronic personality variable and explored it independently of priming (see, e.g., Siegel and Weinberger 1998).

Author(s): 
Weinberger, Joel
Smith, Brian
Publication Title: 
Physics of Life Reviews

The constructal law accounts for the universal phenomenon of generation and evolution of design (configuration, shape, structure, pattern, rhythm). This phenomenon is observed across the board, in animate, inanimate and human systems. The constructal law states the time direction of the evolutionary design phenomenon. It defines the concept of design evolution in physics. Along with the first and second law, the constructal law elevates thermodynamics to a science of systems with configuration.

Author(s): 
Bejan, Adrian
Lorente, Sylvie
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the NYU hospital for joint diseases

There are certain thought barriers involved in making diagnostic-classification criteria in diseases of unknown origin. Among these are a lack of appreciation of the issue of circular logic, the basic oneness of diagnostic and classification criteria, the lack of appreciation as to why we make such criteria in the first place, and the lack of importance informing our patients that we do as well as should treat them without a frm diagnosis in many instances.

Author(s): 
Yazici, Hasan
Publication Title: 
NeuroImage

Brain functional states are established by functional connectivities between brain regions. In experienced meditators (13 Tibetan Buddhists, 15 QiGong, 14 Sahaja Yoga, 14 Ananda Marga Yoga, 15 Zen), 19-channel EEG was recorded before, during and after that meditation exercise which their respective tradition regards as route to the most desirable meditative state. The head surface EEG data were recomputed (sLORETA) into 19 cortical regional source model time series.

Author(s): 
Lehmann, Dietrich
Faber, Pascal L.
Tei, Shisei
Pascual-Marqui, Roberto D.
Milz, Patricia
Kochi, Kieko
Publication Title: 
Biosemiotics

The present paper proposes a definition for the complex polysemic concepts of consciousness and awareness (in humans as well as in other species), and puts forward the idea of a progressive ontological development of consciousness from a state of 'childhood' awareness, in order to explain that humans are not only able to manipulate objects, but also their mental representations. The paper builds on the idea of qualia intended as entities posing regular invariant requests to neural processes, trough the permanence of different properties.

Author(s): 
Recchia-Luciani, Angelo N. M.
Publication Title: 
Psychological Review

Identity fusion is a relatively unexplored form of alignment with groups that entails a visceral feeling of oneness with the group. This feeling is associated with unusually porous, highly permeable borders between the personal and social self. These porous borders encourage people to channel their personal agency into group behavior, raising the possibility that the personal and social self will combine synergistically to motivate pro-group behavior.

Author(s): 
Swann, William B.
Jetten, Jolanda
Gómez, Angel
Whitehouse, Harvey
Bastian, Brock

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