Paranormal beliefs: their dimensionality and correlates
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 20, Issue 7, pages 585–602, November 2006
How to Cite
Lindeman, M. and Aarnio, K. (2006), Paranormal beliefs: their dimensionality and correlates. Eur. J. Pers., 20: 585–602. doi: 10.1002/per.608
- Issue published online: 30 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Received: 4 JUL 2006
- Academy of Finland. Grant Number: 200828
- paranormal beliefs
Lack of conceptual clarity and multivariate empirical studies has troubled research on superstitious, magical and paranormal beliefs. We defined paranormal beliefs as beliefs in physical, biological or psychological phenomena that feature core ontological properties of another ontological category. The aim was to bring together a range of beliefs and their potential correlates, to analyse whether the beliefs form independent subsets, and to test a structural model of the beliefs and their potential correlates. The results (N = 3261) showed that the beliefs could be best described by one higher-order factor. There were also four lower-order factors of paranormal beliefs but their explanatory power was low. Magico-religious beliefs were best explained by high intuitive thinking, a humanistic world view and low analytical thinking. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.