Fiery Tongues and Mystical Motivations: Glossolalia in a Forensic Population is Associated with Mania and Sexual/Religious Delusions

    Volume 47, Issue 2 (March 2002)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 March 2002

    Page Count: 8


    Hempel, AG
    North Texas State Hospital-Vernon Campus, Vernon, TX

    Gray, BT
    North Texas State Hospital-Vernon Campus, Vernon, TX

    Meloy, JR
    University of California, San Diego, CA

    Stern, R
    Rochester Psychiatric Center, Rochester, NY

    Ozone, SJ
    North Texas State Hospital-Vernon Campus, Vernon, TX

    (Received 24 August 2001; accepted 15 August 2001)

    Abstract

    Comparisons are made between a nonrandom sample of 18 glossolalists and 130 non-glossolalists admitted to a maximum-security forensic hospital. The glossolalic mentally disordered offender exhibited a predominance of diagnoses in the manic spectrum, and was typically psychotic. The delusions, hallucinations, and crimes were predominately of a religious and sexual nature. Glossolalist perpetrators tended to be female. We review the extant research on glossolalia in both normal and clinical samples, and integrate our findings, the first study of glossolalia in a forensic setting.


    Paper ID: JFS15248J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15248J

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    Title Fiery Tongues and Mystical Motivations: Glossolalia in a Forensic Population is Associated with Mania and Sexual/Religious Delusions
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