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Toward A Model Relating Empathy, Charisma, And Telepathy, James M. Donovan Dec 1996

Toward A Model Relating Empathy, Charisma, And Telepathy, James M. Donovan

James M. Donovan

Telepathy is often dismissed because it is judged to be so weird as to be counterintuitive. This article argues that telepathy may be interpreted as phenomenologically impressive events of a social psychological process which in less dramatic instances would be termed empathy and charisma. Such an equation, however, herein called the "possible world model," would perhaps normalize telepathy, and lessen the opprobrium attached to its study. A first step is taken to validate the model when a comparative literature search finds that telepathy and empathy relate very similarly to other experimental variables.