Dissertation Title:

The Beholder: Experiencing the Super Natural and Its Aftereffects


Rosalyn Anita Batey Carlos-Bustamante

Date, Time & Place:

July 11, 2023 at 2:00 pm


This dissertation explores how assumptions about reality and the super natural can affect the ways in which both experiencers and non-experiencers approach the paranormal and super natural. Using written accounts of paranormal encounters at specific locations, this dissertation unpacks how time, location, and culture can influence how a person may or may not experience the super natural. This work seeks to provide experiencers with a resource that might help them to integrate a traumatic super natural encounter using a hermeneutics of openness and understanding, rather than one of skepticism, reduction and ridicule.

  • Program/Track/Year: Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology, E, 2014
  • Chair: Dr. David Odorisio
  • Reader: Dr. Lori Pye
  • External Reader: Dr. Jeffrey Kripal
  • Keywords: Paranormal, Supernatural, Experience, Ghost, Haunting, Trauma, Synchronicity, Culture, Phenomenology, History