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Old Aug 14, '11, 2:36 pm
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Default Generally, how should one act around possessed people?

And specifically can one analyze their minds?

But generally what is the appropriate way to act towards possessed people?

I generally have a sort of disgust towards such people until they can be healed but if one is too disgusted, then one can't do things to allow an exorcism to take place -like to check the person to see if they are insane, since your recoil from that person.

So what kind of attitude should be adopted?
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Old Aug 14, '11, 3:29 pm
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So, how do you ascertain that a person is possessed?

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Old Aug 14, '11, 3:43 pm
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And specifically can one analyze their minds?

But generally what is the appropriate way to act towards possessed people?

I generally have a sort of disgust towards such people until they can be healed but if one is too disgusted, then one can't do things to allow an exorcism to take place -like to check the person to see if they are insane, since your recoil from that person.

So what kind of attitude should be adopted?
Hi Fakename,

"Generally"? How many could you know?

True posession is a rarity. I would not expect to meet even one such person.

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Old Aug 14, '11, 4:01 pm
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Hi Fakename,

"Generally"? How many could you know?

True posession is a rarity. I would not expect to meet even one such person.

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Generally just means "w/o mention of specifics". We rarely meet God but one prostrates oneself before Him but not around humans. So though we rarely meet possessed persons, who should we act around them?
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Old Aug 14, '11, 4:01 pm
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How many possessed persons do you actually know? I think actual posession is pretty rare.
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Old Aug 14, '11, 4:10 pm
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Default Re: Generally, how should one act around possessed people?

Finding a possessed person is rare. If you meet a real one, it wont be someone you can really reason with and there would be a lot of supernatural occurrences around them. So, you wouldnt be able to deal well with them. So, if you find a super-powered evil person who speaks in multiple dead languages, your best bet is to call an exorcist.
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Old Aug 14, '11, 4:35 pm
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Perhaps people possesed in modern countries is indeed rarer - than say some country where voodoo etc. is practiced. However I would daresay there are many 'oppressed' people in moderns countries.
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You treat people with the dignity they deserve as human beings. Neither Satan's presence nor absence changes that innate dignity.

If the person is violent or a dangerous to himself or others, you call the police so the situation can be stabilized. Doctors will then evaluate the individual for medical or psychological issues. Most "possessed" people actually suffer from mental illness. Even simple stress can cause the symptoms. Its best to let doctors sort it out.

If you have a personal connection to the individual, or at least knowledge that the individual is Catholic, you could request a priest to administer the individual the sacraments of reconciliation, anointing of the sick, and communion. This should be done for any severely sick Catholic.

If possession is truly a concern, it would be appropriate to ask the priest about it, and trust the his judgement. Since real possession by Satan is so incredibly rare, the priest would probably reassure you that the situation does not appear satanic.

I know this is hypothetical, but some individuals I know personally have actually approached me claiming to be possessed. I spoke to my priest, and he said the symptoms sounded like stress. You just have to support them the best you can.
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Old Aug 14, '11, 4:40 pm
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And specifically can one analyze their minds?

But generally what is the appropriate way to act towards possessed people?

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how on earth do you come to be around "possessed people" and how do you have the ability to even discern they are possessed? that is the province of the priest who has been commissioned as an exorcist, not something you or I is competent to decide. If you are around somebody who gives you this concern first call a mental health professional, or call 911 if he is an immediate threat to himself or others.
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Old Aug 14, '11, 5:06 pm
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We rarely meet God but one prostrates oneself before Him but not around humans. So though we rarely meet possessed persons, who should we act around them?
I would disagree with you that "we rarely meet God...." We meet God every day. We meet God in the others around us, we meet God in the Eucharist, and we meet God in multiple things in the world around us. You just have to be aware!

How would you know you were meeting a possessed person? As others have said, most who act out are mentally ill, not possessed.
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Old Aug 14, '11, 5:16 pm
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Assuming the possession is indeed genuine, I'd call a Priest to perform an exorcism, assuming the Catholic Church still allows such things.

Praying for them fervently and urging them to fight the possessor all sounds meritricious, but might seem a little dangerous, especially if you've watched as many horror films as I have

Restraining them would probably help, although you might get a psychiatrist involved, who can then do such with much more legal freedom, albeit with not the slightest chance of recognising the possession as what it is. Still, if, say, the possessee kills themselves in their charge, the Psychiatrist is far less likely to get charged with manslaughter, given the bigotries of our times....
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I know a person who was asked to pray over someone who was possessed, and they tried to do a laying on of hands for a spiritual healing. That's definitely not something I'd recommend... leave that sort of thing to the trained professionals.
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How would one react around someone who's a bad influence?
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Default Re: Generally, how should one act around possessed people?

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And specifically can one analyze their minds?

I generally have a sort of disgust towards such people

So what kind of attitude should be adopted?
First off, I believe that true possession is rare.


My questions to you are:

1) Why would you want to analyze their minds?


2) Considering your personal feelings of disgust towards such people, would you have the same feelings of disgust about people who were afflicted and visited by demonic sources? If not, please explain the difference.
Keep in mind saints such as Saint Gemma and Saint Pio were tormented in this way as well as priests.


3) I'm also curious how you would come across several or even a couple of possessed people? By the way you prosed your question, it comes across as if you've ran into this more than one time... Especially, if it has occurred often enough for you to seek and ask advice here regarding how to address these people. Clearly, you aren't employed by the church, or else you wouldn't have to ask how to treat such people. (nor would you have the feelings of disgust as we are told to love one another and treat all people with compassion)
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Old Aug 14, '11, 7:49 pm
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First off, I believe that true possession is rare.


My questions to you are:

1) Why would you want to analyze their minds?


2) Considering your personal feelings of disgust towards such people, would you have the same feelings of disgust about people who were afflicted and visited by demonic sources? If not, please explain the difference.
Keep in mind saints such as Saint Gemma and Saint Pio were tormented in this way as well as priests.


3) I'm also curious how you would come across several or even a couple of possessed people? By the way you prosed your question, it comes across as if you've ran into this more than one time... Especially, if it has occurred often enough for you to seek and ask advice here regarding how to address these people. Clearly, you aren't employed by the church, or else you wouldn't have to ask how to treat such people. (nor would you have the feelings of disgust as we are told to love one another and treat all people with compassion)
All this. AND I'm bewildered by the word "disgust", especially towards someone that could possibly be possessed but more likely is mentally ill, both conditions which the person in question has no control over.
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