The development of psychology has enabled people to link human’s mind – personality and psychological problems – with his belief in the paranormal. Every man has a distinctive personality that drives them to think and act in a certain way. For that reason, personality plays an enormous role in dictating human’s belief in mysterious things. According to scholar Carla L. Smith, human’s belief in paranormal phenomena can be predicted based on the personality constructs (85). Smith finds that people who have personality relates to Open to Experience and Sensational Seeking, two types of personality constructs, “correlate positively and significantly to belief in paranormal phenomena” (92). In fact, she records a data that shows both Openness to Experience and Sensational Seeking account for about 20...
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