Crypto Zoology » The Phenomenon of 'Real' Werewolves
Whether they are misidentified animals, hallucinations, or something unknown to science, there have been many reports of creatures that people identify as fitting the description of a werewolf: a wolf or dog-like creature that walks on two legs and has some aspects of a man. There is also the phenomenon of lycanthropy -- a medically recognized delusion in which people think they are werewolves. It's a rare condition, but one that has grabbed the attention of Dr. Jan Dirk Blom, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. According to a paper Blom published in the March issue of the History of Psychiatry journal, since 1850 there have been 56 documented case of people who believed they shape-shifted into an animal, usually a wolf. The actual number of cases could be much high, Blom suggests, because "in clinical practice many cases are missed because mental health professionals are insufficiently aware of the existence and the uniqueness of this disorder." According to author and paranormal researcher Dr. Bob Curran, "The idea of a werewolf -- the man-wolf -- can be traced very far back into the mists of pre-history. I think that the werewolf idea addresses a number of very basic questions about ourselves and our nature. Is there perhaps some form of early animalistic-like being lurking beneath the veneer of civilisation?" Also read: The Werewolf of Bedburg - The true story of a monster that terrorized a German village for years with unspeakably cruel crimes and murders. The Phenomenon of 'Real' Werewolves originally appeared on About.com Paranormal Phenomena on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 18:27:36.Permalink | Comment | Email this.. Read full article »


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