What is this site?
This site is an information resource about religious demonology from a Roman Catholic Perspective. The adoption of the Roman Catholic perspective is based on the practical fact that I am Roman Catholic and I only have direct experience with that faith. I don't judge other faiths or speak to their efficacy as I have no experience with them.
Why is it here?
This site is here because I don't see much direct, practical information about religious demonology on the internet. There are sites that have information, but none that I have seen that are written by people who work with the exorcists and scholars that know the most about this topic. This site is written out of great concern for victims, clergy assisting them, and the naive public that might caught up in the paranormal craze and trendy topic of "demonology".
What is covered?
Warnings about getting involved in religious demonology, cautionary information about separating the mundane from the spiritual, basic self-help advice, and referral information for private consultation.
Who is this site for?
Victims of paranormal activity, clergy, assistants to clergy, laity, and paranormal investigation groups.
Who is the author?
My name is Adam Christian Blai, my professional training, experience, and publications are in psychology and psychophysiology. My research focused on brain structure and function and advanced signal processing. My undergraduate research was in wet geochemistry and paleo-climatology.
Why am I qualified to write about this topic?
Education, experience in psychology, experience with demonic cases and exorcisms, as well affiliation with many exorcists and experts. I am an auxiliary member of the International Association of Exorcists (IAE)and have worked with a number of authorities in the field (see "For Clergy" page).
I've helped put on three national conferences for priests under the authority of different Bishops. I've taught a continuing education course for priests on religious demonology and exorcism. I've attended the training on exorcism at the US Bishop's meeting in 2010, the master course on exorcism in Rome, 2011, multiple meetings of the IAE, as well as reviewing the materials from other Church approved conferences and workshops.
I have a degree in environmental science and an advanced degree in psychology. I've worked for over five years as a therapist and done hundreds of psychological evaluations, many of them for forensic purposes. I've taught psychology at Penn State University and Gettysburg College.
I've done psychological evaluations to help determine if cases are mundane or demonic, assisted at exorcisms, house blessings, counseled victims and family members, investigated claims of paranormal activity, and spoken to the public about the dangers of paranormal investigating.
My purpose in putting qualifications to write on religious demonology here is not to impress or bring attention to myself, but to encourage you to take what this site says seriously.
Ph.D. Candidate, Adult Clinical Psychology track,
Psychology M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, December 1998.
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, December 1994.
– June 2007
July, 2000 – March 2002 Psychological Services: State Correctional Institution at Rockview
August 1996 – August 1999 The Psychological Clinic, Penn State
Blai, A., Ray, W. & Borkovec, T. (1999) EEG coherence and phase angle measures in relation to anxiety. Psychophysiology, 26. (Abstract)
Ray, W., Simon, R., Blai, A., and Slobounow, S. (1999) Finger motor tremor and its relation to EEG activity. Psychophysiology, 36 (Abstract)
Ray, W., Blai, A. Aikins, D., Coyle, J., Bjick, E. (1998) Understanding Hypnosis amd Hypnotic Susceptibility from a Psychophysiological Perspective. Online Porceedings of the 5th Internet World Congress on Biomedical Sciences ’98 at McMaster University, Canada. (available from URL http://www.mcmaster.ca/inabis98/simantov/dus0133/index.html).
Blai, A. Weinstein, S., & Ray, W. (1998) Correlations between 16 self-report dimensions of emotional experience and fast Fourier transform analysis of electroencephalographic data. Psychophysiology, 35. (Abstract)
Blai, A., Weinstein, S., & Ray, W. (1997) Coherence measures of emotional processing. Third European Congress of Psychophysiology, Konstanz, Germany.
Coyle, J., Ray, W., Bjick, E., Tutwiler, R., Rosenbaum, D. A., Blai, A., & Michelson, L. (in preparation). Neural Network classification of hypnotic susceptibility using electrocortical data.
Ray, W., Oathes,
D., Yamasaki, A., Blai, A., Aikins, D., Molnar, C., Borkovec, T. (2000).
Generalized anxiety disorder clients show normalized EEG patterns after
psychotherapy. Psychophysiology, 37, S8-S8, (Suppl. 1).
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