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If You Like Harry Potter and Star Trek, You're Different

If you like fantasy, you're a DIFFERENT KIND OF PERSON from your neighbors. Psychologists have recently discovered that people experience fantasy differently, which explains why some people enjoy it more than others.

Psychologist Russell Webster conducted two studies: one involving written stories and another involving movies and TV. For the written narratives, participants read a passage describing the sunrise and had to imagine themselves as either watching the rising sun or flying toward it. For the visual narratives, participants looked at a painting that featured a man floating in the sky and a man sitting in a cottage. Participants had to imagine themselves as either the man floating or the man in the cottage.

Webster says, "We wanted to see if we could predict people's subjective vividness of their imagery. We also assessed people's engagement: how much they enjoyed it, how much they were immersed in it and how they felt afterward." The results? People participate in fantasy at different levels of cognitive and emotional intensity, which helps determine how much they enjoy a fantasy book or movie.

According to Whitley Strieber's research, this may also help determine how likely you are to have a Visitor experience. Three people are sitting on a couch--one is abducted and the other two just sit there "frozen" until he returns. This happened time and time again in the thousands of letter that Anne Strieber read. You can read an explanation for this (and for why "the Grays" tend to show up with dead people) in Whitley Strieber's upcoming book, "Solving the Communion Enigma." If you PRE-ORDER it, you can get a free bookplate if you click here.

And for an extraordinary fictional fantasy adventure, pre-order "Melody Burning." Anne Strieber thought of it, Whitley wrote it, and it's an exquisite fantasy--or is it real?



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