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  1. Roger Walsh

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0866

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Walsh, R. 2010. Shamanism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of California College of Medicine, Irvine

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Shamanism is probably humankind's most enduring healing tradition, having survived for many thousands of years. Because of their many therapeutic roles and methods, shamans are described as humankind's first general practitioners. Because of their many psychological techniques, they are described as our first psychologists and psychotherapists.


  • imagination;
  • medicine man;
  • psychotherapy;
  • shamanism;
  • state of consciousness