Léon Marillier and Veridical Hallucinations


Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD, Research Fellow, Parapsychology Foundation

Pascal Le Maléfan and Andreas Sommer recently published an article about veridical hallucinations in France: “Léon Marillier and the Veridical Hallucination in Late-Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century French Psychology and Psychopathology” (History of Psychiatry, 2015, 26, 418-432).

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Here is the abstract:

“Recent research on the professionalization of psychology at the end of the nineteenth century shows how objects of knowledge which appear illegitimate to us today shaped the institutionalization of disciplines. The veridical or telepathic hallucination was one of these objects, constituting a field both of division and exchange between nascent psychology and disciplines known as ‘psychic sciences’ in France, and ‘psychical research’ in the Anglo-American context. In France, Leon Marillier (1862–1901) was the main protagonist in discussions concerning the concept of the veridical hallucination, which gave rise to criticisms by mental specialists and psychopathologists…

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The Autistic Me: A BBC Documentary

Is anyone else watching this?

Understanding and Embracing Diversity

Below are Youtube links to a fascinating documentary which featured the daily lives of three men who have Autism. I am sharing this because it highlights how different individuals with Autism are to one another. It also shows how challenging life can be if you or one of your family members have Autism.

What is it like to grow up with Autism? How hard could the transition to adulthood be? Is it easy to find a job? What about finding a girlfriend? If you want to find out, watch the clips below:

REMEMBER: It is important to know what it is like to live with Autism in order for us to understand them better. Knowing more about this condition will help us build better relationships, and communicate and work with them effectively.







More on Autism:

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