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LSD Psychotherapy Paperback – April 10, 2001


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  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: MAPS; 3 edition (April 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096600194X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966001945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I know of no work that so well incorporates the findings of Frued, Jung, and Rank..." -- Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God, and Myths We Live By

"One of the most creative and brillant phenomenologies and methodologies of the deeper psychodynamic processes that I know of..." -- Jean Houston, Ph.D. The Foundation for Mind Research

About the Author

Stanislav Grof, M.D. began his research into the psychotherapeutic uses of LSD in 1960 at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association, and has taught and lectured in academic and workshop settings worldwide. Dr. Grof is the author of numerous other books, the latest of which is Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
How many Amazon.com reviews state that one book or another is one of the most important ever written? Well, Stanislav Grof is possibly the greatest mind research pioneer in the Western tradition. In LSD Psychotherapy, Dr. Grof, a conventionally-trained MD, outlines a methodology for a process that serves as a paradigm for human transformation, as well as a basis for a radically revised understanding of reality.
This book is iconoclastic--all great breakthroughs in understanding are. Dr. Grof formulated his methods based on thousands of hours of first-hand clinical experience. He valiantly tries to dispel the sensationalism and misinformation about LSD, pointing out that the drug merely amplifies pre-existing mental processes, in much the same way that a microscope or telescope affords heightened glimpses of phenomena. Indeed LSD, he has said, responsibly administered in clinical settings, could be for the sciences of mind what the telescope is for astronomy, or the microscope for medicine and biology. The power and effectiveness of LSD-assisted therapy are unprecedented, yet the research is sadly truncated and unjustifiably ignored.
I wish this book were obsolete. Dr. Grof no doubt expected the process he pioneered to be developed further. Had responsible LSD research been allowed to continue through the present day, its methods and effectiveness might now be in advance of even those outlined herein. The occasional therapeutic failure, honestly referred to in the book, might be a success story today.
One would think that Dr. Grof's positing of experiential matrices, birth and pre-birth memories, and transpersonal aspects of reality would be a source of excitement to those with a genuine scientific spirit.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Dr Tathata on January 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have to respond to the review of Zosimos, listed previously.

This is a training manual for hosting psycho-therapeutic sessions involving close encounters with LSD. Obviously, today this is going to be frankly difficult to pull off. Sandoz quit making it 50 years ago, and they made it out of organic base materials. The underground chemists of the 60's and 70's tended to use a synthetic base, and ended up with a product that was probably not the equivalent of the Sandoz pharmaceutical that was available to Grof.

Remember that Grof was engaged in Research, not practice, at a time when this was truly a new frontier. In the early days most the research was being sponsored by the CIA. Not in Czechoslovakia. This was a period of intense intellectual challenge. Grof had been trained as a confirmed Freudian. He gave the stuff to his experimental research subjects--then observed what happened. Now, this is basic science. His preconceptions were all Freudian. But mapping his observations to Freudian theory left a lot hanging over the edges. He quickly grasped the fact that LSD is a non specific mental amplifier. He also realized that neurotic resistance limited the reaction tot he drug, and that numerous encounters were required to break through this resistance. On other occasions, the full range of effects would manifest themselves in a single session. One of his breakthroughs was the recognition that, experientially speaking, the unconscious tends to categorize together experiences that share a common pattern of elements.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
LSD PSYCHOTHERAPY: THE HEALING POTENTIAL OF PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINE, by Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a comprehensive guidebook for psychedelic therapists, based on the author's seventeen years as an LSD psychotherapist.
The author has found that internalization of psychedelic therapy sessions--by lying down, wearing eyeshades, and listening to music throughout the session--is essential in order to gain the therapeutic benefit that comes from fully experiencing whatever emotions, fantasies, and psychosomatic symptoms the unconscious mind presents.
If low doses are used, the first few therapy sessions are usually a reliving of childhood traumas. Later sessons are a dramatic reliving of one's birth, and a shattering confrontation with death. After many such death-rebirth sessions, one typically experiences the final ego death, a profound psychospiritual annihilation, followed by visions of blinding white supernatural light with feelings of ecstasy and rebirth. All subsequent sessions are transpersonal, such as reliving fetal traumas, episodes of contact with deceased loved ones, and mystical/peak experiences of the divine.
Although the bulk of the book deals with emotionally troubled persons, there is still a significant amount of information on using LSD therapy with normal, healthy people for personal growth, as well as a section about helping the terminally ill with ppsychedelic therapy.
The several dozen color illustrations, including some new to this edition, are mostly of scenes from people's LSD therapy sessions, and help bring the book to life.
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