Losing your keys... or the Disappearing Object Phenomenon

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Glitched Out: Unusual Cases of Disappearing Keys

Rob Schwarz July 25, 2018
 
Quote:It’s the strangest thing when you mysteriously lose an item, only for it to reappear in a location you swear you’ve already checked five times.

Maybe you blame forgetfulness. Maybe you think you just missed it, and perhaps owe your eye doctor a visit. However, there’s also a more extraordinary explanation, if you are so inclined.

In paranormal circles, it’s known as disappearing object phenomenon (DOP). This is a broad term, and encapsulates a number of otherworldly causes for objects going missing — paranormal entities borrowing your stuff, items blinking out of existence, and even tears in the fabric of space and time.
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I've had this happen, I suspect...

After a very extreme and powerful dose of Ayahuasca, where I kind of went slightly crazy because I went in recklessly (was a good lesson, though)... I had some items that had seemed to have just vanished into nowhere from my bedside table. Can't remember what they were now, but I know I couldn't find them, after looking again and again. A week later, they inexplicably reappeared where I last saw them... it was quite a bizarre, and curious. Much more so than my handful of experiences of seeming precognition, where I would think about something, only for someone else to say it moments later.

I eventually brushed off the disappearance and reappearance, believing, seemingly more reasonably and rationally, that I had just completely overlooked them or something, like the mental blindspots I occasionally have... but the OP now suggests that there's something to it.

I dare not try to replicate it, lol.
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
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Apparently also known as jottles:
https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/sites...017%29.pdf
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(2018-08-02, 11:08 AM)Chris Wrote: Apparently also known as jottles:
https://psi-encyclopedia.spr.ac.uk/sites...017%29.pdf

Or middle age.
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(2018-08-02, 05:25 PM)malf Wrote: Or middle age.

Shortly after we were married. My wife's  cut glass salt and pepper shakers, went missing from the dinning room table, only to reappear  a couple of days later.
Ive had the full benefit of middle age,( I'm 58) and never had anything else like this occur.
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Dr. Tony Jinks wrote a book about the topic and here's a talk he gave last year:



Quote:Tony is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Science and Psychology, Western Sydney University, NSW, Australia. Tony is the President, Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research. He has a background in Neuroscience and has published in the field of neuroscience, perception, parapsychology and paranormal belief and experience. He has published two books on paranormal issues: An introduction to the psychology of paranormal belief and experience (McFarland 2011) and The disappearing object phenomenon: an investigation (McFarland 2016). A surprisingly large number of people claim to have lost a personal item in, ‘unusual circumstances’.

The typical example involves a household object or possession, such as an apple, spoon, purse or key. These articles are placed in a location and later found to be missing, seemingly, for no apparent reason. There are internet sites dedicated to recounting tales of anomalous object disappearances, as well as mysterious appearances, reappearances and replacements. This presentation will examine various characteristic patterns found in a collection of over 400 case studies, and discuss how these patterns might assist in understanding the origins of the DOP experience. Recent findings from two research studies (conducted in 2015/2016) examining putative psychological traits underlying DOP.
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And here's a self-described mystic, and author, about the topic:
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The guy above says those reappearing objects then to do so in weird places. This fits the (5-6 minute) story of this older woman, interviewed by her daughter about the incident:



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There's a positive review by Robert Charman of Mary Rose Barrington's book "JOTT ...", which was published last month, on the SPR website:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/book-review/jott-w...-mary-rose
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(2018-11-18, 02:48 PM)Chris Wrote: There's a positive review by Robert Charman of Mary Rose Barrington's book "JOTT ...", which was published last month, on the SPR website:
https://www.spr.ac.uk/book-review/jott-w...-mary-rose

And now a review by Robert Charman of Tony Jinks's 2016 book, "Disappearing Object Phenomenon: An Investigation":
https://www.spr.ac.uk/book-review/disapp...tony-jinks

A nice twist is that towards the end of the review he notes that he is still struggling with scepticism about the phenomenon. But then he adds a PS about the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of a butter knife that he subsequently experienced.
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