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This overview of the work of Stanislav Grof, one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, was specifically written to acquaint newcomers with his work. Serving as a summation of his career and previous works, this entirely new book is the source to introduce Grof's enormous contributions to the fields of psychiatry and psychology, especially his central concept of holotropic experience, where holotropic signifies "moving toward wholeness." Grof maintains that the current basic assumptions and concepts of psychology and psychiatry require a radical revision based on the intensive and systematic research of holotropic experience. He suggests that a radical inner transformation of humanity and a rise to a higher level of consciousness might be humankind's only real hope for the future.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Healing and Heauristic Potential of Nonordinary States of Consciousness 1
Ch. 2 Cartography of the Human Psyche: Biographical, Perinatal, and Transpersonal Domains 20
Ch. 3 Architecture of Emotional and Psychosomatic Disorders 70
Ch. 4 Spiritual Emergency: Understanding and Treatment of Crises of Transformation 137
Ch. 5 New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration 178
Ch. 6 Spirituality and Religion 206
Ch. 7 The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological, Philosophical, and Spiritual Perspectives 219
Ch. 8 The Cosmic Game: Exploration of the Farthest Reaches of Human Consciousness 269
Ch. 9 Consciousness Evolution and Human Survival: Transpersonal Perspective on the Global Crisis 293
References 323
About the Author 331
Index 333
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    The Next Giant Step for Psychology

    I was fortunate to read an advance copy of this book. It is a concise, clear, and exciting synthesis of Grof's decades of research and many theoretical gifts to our field. Using compelling examples he describes holotropic (nonordinary) experiences and the need to depathologize them in life and in the therapy office. He integrates his theories with birth, death and dying and the cosmic game (play) of life. His vision is broader than individual therapy, and he also discusses the possible beneficial implications of profound inner work on aspects of our global crisis. He calls very specifically for revisions in the theory and practice of psychology and psychiatry. Grof articulates the next giant step for psychology as did the radical theories of Freud and Jung in their time. You might want a hardback copy of this one for your library.

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