Reviewed by George Schwimmer, Ph.D.
(as included in the The Journal of Regression Therapy Volume II, No. 1, Spring 1987)
Edith Fiore, Ph.D., a traditionally trained clinical psychotherapist and hypnotherapist, has a tendency to venture into uncharted psycho-spiritual waters and then make the enterprise seem like the most proper and conservative thing to do. As if that were not enough, she then turns around and publishes accounts of her forays into the unknown. She first broke literary ground in past-life therapy with her book You Have Been Here Before and now returns in print with The Unquiet Dead, an unusual record of her experiences in dealing with what are apparently the spirits of deceased individuals who cause psychological and sometimes physical problems when they attach themselves to living persons.
The book is very well organized, lucid, rational, devoid of any superstition or religious dogma, and thankfully easy for anyone to read. Dr. Fiore has also smoothly integrated metaphysical concepts and techniques with standard psychological practices. Yet the work is not easy to review comprehensively because although its pages number only 177, Dr. Fiore has packed so much usable information into the book that I had to read it twice to absorb everything she had to say. So this review can only touch on the many important areas about which Dr. Fiore has written.
We are first tantalized by a four-page introduction that allows us a glimpse of two of Dr. Fiore’s possessed clients The next short chapter depicts how Dr. Fiore became a psychotherapist, a hypnotist, a past-life regressionist, and finally, a depossessor. This is followed by a brief historical account of spirits, possession, man’s non-physical “bodies,” and then descriptions of what happens when one dies.