Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 211–239 | Cite as

The omega project: An empirical study of the NDE-prone personality

  • Kenneth Ring
  • Christopher J. Rosing


Seventy-four near-death experiencers (NDErs) and 54 persons interested in near-death experiences (NDEs) participated in a mail questionnaire survey to assess the role of psychological factors in influencing susceptibility to NDEs and to measure aftereffects stemming from such events. NDErs, while not more fantasy-prone than control subjects, reported greater sensitivity to nonordinary realities as children and a higher incidence of child abuse and trauma. NDErs also scored higher on a measure of psychological dissociation. We discuss the implications of these findings for the concept of an NDE-prone personality. In addition to substantial shifts in values and beliefs, NDErs described far more psychophysical changes, including symptoms of kundalini activation, following their NDEs than did controls. We then discuss the implications of these findings with respect to their possible significance for human transformation and the emergence of a more highly evolved human being, the Omega Prototype.


Control Subject Empirical Study Child Abuse Questionnaire Survey Psychological Factor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Ring
    • 2
  • Christopher J. Rosing
    • 1
  1. 1.Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging in Harrisburg
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, U-20, Room 107University of ConnecticutStorrs

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