2005: Farias, Cl & Lalljee
First attempt to track the cognitive foundations and personality aspects describing new age practice and ideas
99 test subjects, had to make a battery of self-assessment forms, about New age pract and belief
Schizotypia, Neuroticism, "Boundaries"
Schizotypal personality traits, most notably "magical thinking"
Thin walls, which have a connection with the feeling of "connectedness" and holism, and a special associative style, great sensitivity and vulnerability
Magical thinking was a strong predictor of interest in the New Age
It's that part of magical thinking that has to do with the cognitva, not the paranoid or having strange sensory impressions.
The results showed certain underlying personality traits and cognitive tendencies that make followers dispose of having unusual idea and impressions.
Schizotypia is a personality variable that can vary, psychosis lies as an extreme, in other ways it can be completely harmless
Common religiosity turned out to be completely unrelated to these findings, both personality scales and experiments
Traditional religion was unrelated to everyone.
Religious is more stable.
100 dots that shifted randomly, which measured "cognitive loseness"
There was a connection between new age practice and ides, with schizo-type personality traits, characterized by magical thinking, a cognitive tendency to associate lightly, and strong sensitivity, "emotional hypersensitivety."
This points to people being drawn to the New Age because of its magical content and practices, which can give meaning and content to unusual experiences, or the tendency to have such experiences.
Farias, Cl&Lalljee are clear that they don't want the results to be seen as, or used for, pathologizing new age followers