Journal Published Online: 01 March 2002
Volume 47, Issue 2

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



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.

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Hempel, AG
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
Gray, BT
North Texas State Hospital-Vernon Campus, Vernon, TX
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Stock #: JFS15248J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15248J