Cognitive Study

| Published: December 25, 2019

A study of paranormal belief, personality factors, religiosity and spirituality among young adults

Prerna Singh

Student, Masters in Psychology, 1st year, Department of Psychology, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India. Google Scholar More about the auther

, Pragyan Dangwal

Assistant Professor, Amity Institute of Behavioural and Allied Sciences (AIBAS), Amity University, Lucknow, India. Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.069/20190704

DOI: 10.25215/0704.069


Parapsychology, in a restricted sense, is defined as the scientific, statistical, the experimental approach to extrasensory phenomena. It is placed within the framework of science (Banks, H.N., 1989).  Those who believe in paranormal or psychical phenomenon are said to be paranormal believers. Their beliefs in paranormal activities are associated with their personality, spiritual belief and religious belief but this association is not significant as is reflected in the results of this study. There was a negative non-significant correlation between conscientiousness and agreeableness and paranormal belief. There was a positive non-significant correlation between openness, neuroticism, extraversion and spirituality and paranormal belief. Religiosity was significantly positively correlated with paranormal belief. Males and females also showed difference in paranormal belief. Gender difference was observed where females were found to be more religious and spiritual than males. Religiosity was significantly positively correlated with spirituality.

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Published in   Volume 07, Issue 4, October-December, 2019