Research Institute for Extraordinary Experiences

A fresh look at inexplicable human experiences


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About the project Edit

The Research Institute for Extraordinary Experiences (INREES), founded in 2007 by journalist and writer Stéphane Allix and Dr. Bernard Castells, offers caregivers, the scientific community and the general public a fresh new look at inexplicable human experiences lived by so many people. It focuses on studying unusual human experiences, like near-death experiences or encounters with spirits. The objective is to help lead the way to understanding these unknown and often misunderstood subjects, while allowing thousands of men and women to be heard without prejudging them about their experiences. This work is also useful for understanding the human consciousness and for developing creative therapies.

The association does not prejudge extraordinary experiences. It considers that unjustified skepticism, often faced by witnesses, is not without clinical as well as moral consequences. This can cause them great distress. This is not what women and men - who have already gone through difficult times - expect from us. INREES offers a platform that provides advice and support for those who need it.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

INREES provides a space for exchange and communication that did not exist before the creation of the Institute. The general public is often lost given the lack of credible references that touch on inexplicable experiences and unexplainable phenomena; and professionals have the greatest difficulty consulting and accessing reliable scientific data, because of negative perception and the absence of an identifiable and competent structure in these areas.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

INREES's objective is to educate health professionals about the extraordinary experiences that some people say they have experienced [ref. needed]. To make this possible, INREES proposes establishing a network of mental health professionals, doctors and caregivers to assist the people that claim to have had experienced supernatural visions, physical phenomena of an unknown nature, near-death experiences, supernatural communication, encounters with spirits, etc.
According to INRESS, people are helped to "dissociate a behavior or a story of an extraordinary experience that is pathological from what is not."

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

These inexplicable experiences can be found around the world and the research developed by the Institute may be used in other areas, or in other countries.

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