Journal of Near-Death Studies

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 32–37 | Cite as


  • Stephen Slade Tien


Near-death experiences (NDEs) can be seen as special cases of psychological transition. They often involve a deep transformation in the sense of self. I examine the NDE as such, according to my phase theory of transition, and I analyze an NDE with the help of that theory. I conclude that the study of NDEs may provide insight into the general psychology of transition.


General Psychology Phase Theory Psychological Transition Deep Transformation 
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© Human Sciences Press 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Slade Tien
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  1. 1.New York City Department of Mental HealthNew York

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