LSD Psychotherapy: Exploring the Frontiers of the Hidden Mind

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897931588
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Acknowledgments 17
1 History of LSD Therapy 21
The Discovery of LSD and its Psychedelic Effects 21
Early Laboratory and Clinical LSD Research 24
Therapeutic Experimentation With LSD 26
Studies of Chemotherapeutic Properties of LSD 28
LSD-Assisted Psychotherapy 32
The Need for a Comprehensive Theory of LSD Therapy 44
2 Critical Variables in LSD Therapy 49
Pharmacological Effects of LSD 49
Personality of the Subject 54
Personality of the Therapist or Guide 87
Set and Setting of the Sessions 102
3 Psycholytic and Psychedelic Therapies with LSD: Towards an Integration of Approaches 113
The Search for an Effective Technique of LSD Psychotherapy 113
Advantages and Drawbacks of the Psycholytic Approach 117
Pros and Cons of Psychedelic Therapy 120
4 Principles of LSD Psychotherapy 123
The Preparation Period 123
Psychedelic Sessions 136
Integration of the Drug Experiences 147
5 Complications of LSD Psychotherapy: Occurrence, Prevention, and Therapeutic Measures 151
Physical and Emotional Contraindications 151
Critical Situations in LSD Sessions 154
Adverse Aftereffects of LSD Psychotherapy 201
Prevention and Management of Complications in LSD Psychotherapy 211
6 The Course of LSD Psychotherapy 217
Changes in the Content of Psychedelic Sessions 219
Emotional and Psychosomatic Changes in the Post-Session Intervals 230
Long-Term Changes in the Personality Structure, World-View, and Hierarchy of Basic Values 239
7 Indications for LSD Psychotherapy, Therapeutic Potential, and Clinical Results 245
Problems in the Evaluation of Clinical Results 245
Depressions, Neuroses and Psychosomatic Symptoms 249
Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Character Disorders and Sexual Deviations 252
Borderline Psychotic States and Endogenous Psychoses 256
Emotional Distress and Physical Pain of Dying Individuals 260
8 Non-Therapeutic Uses of LSD 263
Training Sessions of Mental Health Professionals 263
Administration of LSD to Creative Individuals 265
Drug-Induced Religious and Mystical Experiences 268
Role of LSD in Personal Growth and Self-Actualization 274
Use of LSD in the Development of Paranormal Abilities 275
9 Effective Therapeutic Mechanisms of LSD Therapy 281
Intensification of Conventional Therapeutic Mechanisms 282
Changes in the Dynamics of Governing Systems 283
Therapeutic Potential of the Death-Rebirth Process 285
Therapeutic Mechanisms on the Transpersonal Level 289
Epilogue: The Future of LSD Psychotherapy 299
Bibliography 302
Appendix I Crisis Intervention in Situations Related to Unsupervised Use of Psychedelics 308
Appendix II The Effects of LSD on Chromosomes, Genetic Mutation, Fetal Development and Malignancy 320
Index 348
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