Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 183–188 | Cite as

Near-death experiences precipitated by suicide attempt: Lack of influence of psychopathology, religion, and expectations

  • Bruce Greyson


Near-death experiences (NDEs), transcendental or mystical events experienced on the threshold of death, have been speculated to arise from psychopathology or from pre-existing expectations of the dying process, although such speculations have never been tested. Sixty-one consecutive suicide attempters were interviewed in this empirical study of persons who would be expected to have a high rate of both psychopathology and coming close to death; 16 (26%) reported near-death experiences (NDEs) as a result of the attempt. The group reporting NDEs and the group not reporting NDEs did not differ from each other in any parameters measuring psychopathology, religious background, or expectations of death and dying.


Empirical Study Suicide Attempt Religious Background Mystical Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Greyson
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Connecticut School of MedicineUSA

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