The Psychological Autopsy of Elvis Presley.
Subject: Autopsy (Health aspects)
Autopsy (Psychological aspects)
Hypnotism (Health aspects)
Mental illness (Risk factors)
Mental illness (Care and treatment)
Mental illness (Analysis)
Pub Date: 06/22/2008
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Summer, 2008 Source Volume: 11 Source Issue: 2
Persons: Named Person: Presley, Elvis; Presley, Elvis
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 180860874
Full Text: The Psychological Autopsy of Elvis Presley

By Bill Ronan

Bill Ronan's The Psychological Autopsy of Elvis Presley pulls together the events in Elvis Presley's life and theorizes about possible psychological syndromes from which he may have suffered.

Ronan's work is appropriate for a variety of audiences, as he assumes the double role of teacher and colleague. He begins his book by breaking down the process of hypnosis, with particular emphasis on emotional regression technique. He goes on to describe two syndromes: Walking Zombie syndrome and Ponce de Leon syndrome. He includes a variety of case studies in order to familiarize his readers with the disorders.

Through a comprehensive timeline of Presley's life, Ronan builds a case indicating the possibility of diagnosing Presley with both Walking Zombie syndrome and Ponce de Leon syndrome.

Ronan examines the circumstances surrounding Elvis' birth, including the still birth of his twin brother and his relationship with his parents--particularly his relationship with his mother--in light of the guilt he apparently felt for living while his twin died. In this context, the author discusses Elvis' habitual giving, the care he lavished on his mother, and his childlike dependence on his parents that continued well into adulthood, fame, and fortune.

Additional chapters of the book explore Elvis' romantic relationships with women, his relationship with his daughter, his religious experiences, and the circumstances surrounding his death.

This book is not limited only to those who have an understanding of psychology; it is also accessible to those interested in rare psychological syndromes, the application of hypnotherapy, and of course, those with an interest in the life of Elvis Presley.

Bill Ronan is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a member of the APA. He began this project after practicing medical hypnoanalysis following the death of Elvis Presley. Bill Ronan's book is currently available as an e-book on www. You may visit his Web site at
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