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Children of Myanmar who behave like Japanese soldiers: A possible third element in personality


Stevenson, I and Keil, HHJ, Children of Myanmar who behave like Japanese soldiers: A possible third element in personality, Journal of Scientific Exploration, 19, (2) pp. 171-183. ISSN 0892-3310 (2005) [Refereed Article]


Among more than 750 cases of persons in Myanmar (formerly Burma) who as children claimed to remember a previous life, 24 said they had been Japanese soldiers killed in Burma during World War II. Unlike most Burmese subjects of such cases none of these children stated any personal names or addresses that might have permitted verification of their statements. However, they showed habits of dress, food preferences, industriousness, insensitivity to pain, and other behaviors unusual in Burma, but typical of Japanese people, especially Japanese soldiers during their occupation of Myanmar (Burma). The oppressive rule in Burma of the Japanese Army during World War II makes it unlikely that any Burmese parent would instigate or encourage a child to behave like a Japanese soldier. Genetic factors cannot account for the children's unusual behavior because all of them were (with two exceptions) born after 1945, when there were no Japanese in the villages of Burma. The behavioral features of these children suggest a third factor (additional to genetic ones and known environmental influences) in personality.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Applied and developmental psychology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Keil, HHJ (Dr H Keil)
ID Code:34784
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-06-07

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