Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research / Edition 1

Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research / Edition 1

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by Stanislav Grof
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791446220

ISBN-13: 9780791446225

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Summarizes Grof's experiences and observations from more than forty years of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness.

This accessible and comprehensive 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

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Summarizes Grof's experiences and observations from more than forty years of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness.

This accessible and comprehensive 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.

“It’s rare to find a textbook that is both extremely informative and enjoyable to read. Psychology of the Future has to be one of the first ones I’ve ever come across … Each chapter brought an entirely new concept, theory, or method that was just as engaging as the previous one.” — Dr. Tami Brady, TCM Reviews

"This book is by a pioneering genius in consciousness research. It presents the full spectrum of Grof's ideas, from his earliest mappings of using LSD psychotherapy, to his clinical work with people facing death, to his more recent work with holotropic breathing, to his latest thoughts about the cosmological implications of consciousness research and the prospects for dealing with an emerging planetary crisis. Grof has always been one of the most original thinkers in the transpersonal field, and his creativity has kept pace with the maturity of his overall vision." -- Michael Washburn, author of Transpersonal Psychology in Psychoanalytic Perspective

"Grof offers an outstanding contribution to the ever-growing debate about the nature of human consciousness and about the place of humankind in the cosmos. If more psychiatrists could be persuaded that human consciousness transcends the limitations of the physical brain, and instead is but an aspect of what may best be described as 'cosmic consciousness,' we could not only expect treatment modalities to change, but we could also anticipate the possibility of culture-wide rethinking of the basic presuppositions of modern cosmology, the cosmology that grounds Western institutions, ideologies, and beliefs about the nature of personhood." -- Michael E. Zimmerman, author of Contesting Earth's Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity

Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. He has been Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University; and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute. He is currently Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In 2007, he was granted the prestigious Vision 97 award from the Vaclav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague. He is the author and editor of many books, including The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration; Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science; Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness; and Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution; all published by SUNY Press.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791446225
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Series:
SUNY series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
361
Sales rank:
476,391
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Healing and Heauristic Potential of Nonordinary States of Consciousness1
Ch. 2Cartography of the Human Psyche: Biographical, Perinatal, and Transpersonal Domains20
Ch. 3Architecture of Emotional and Psychosomatic Disorders70
Ch. 4Spiritual Emergency: Understanding and Treatment of Crises of Transformation137
Ch. 5New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration178
Ch. 6Spirituality and Religion206
Ch. 7The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological, Philosophical, and Spiritual Perspectives219
Ch. 8The Cosmic Game: Exploration of the Farthest Reaches of Human Consciousness269
Ch. 9Consciousness Evolution and Human Survival: Transpersonal Perspective on the Global Crisis293
References323
About the Author331
Index333

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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.