Exorcism as a superstition
Claim: Demonic possession and exorcism are both characteristic of the darkness of the human mind: dark because understanding of its disorders is difficult, such as in the case of non-existent spirit possession but real mental affliction; and also because of the clinging to superstition and the inability to reason. The acts of the exorcist may conceal some applied psychology that may be effective against hysteria; but they are totally ineffective for psychoses, therefore recourse to an exorcist is an obstacle to proper medical treatment. Exorcists and witch doctors are encountered in primitive societies where they wield sufficient influence to cause resistance to vaccinations, modern clinics, family planning, education, and other aspects of development.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET