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The Ecstatic Imagination: Psychedelic Experiences and the Psychoanalysis of Self-Actualization

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ISBN-13: 978-0791436059
ISBN-10: 0791436055
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About the Author

Dan Merkur is Research Reader in the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is also the author of Gnosis: An Esoteric Tradition of Mystical Visions and Unions, also published by SUNY Press; Becoming Half Hidden: Shamanism and Initiation Among the Inuit; and Powers Which We Do Not Know: The Gods and Spirits of the Inuit.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791436055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791436059
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,671,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Goldsmith on November 9, 2014
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I thought this book was extraordinarily insightful; a rare and well-written addition to the psychedelic and psychoanalysis literature. I particularly enjoyed his discussion of the developmental psychology of spiritual adepts. A scholarly gem.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Seay on May 24, 2001
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Let me start by saying that I believe that psychedelics can aid in the expansion of consciousness when used correctly. Let me also admit that I did not, could not finish this book. It was written in as dry a language as I have encountered (and considering I am an engineer who has to read extremely dry technical manuals, this is not an observation to be taken lightly).
I dont know if Mr. Merkur is unable to write well or, as I suspect, he feels that by assuming this dry removed tone his work will seem more scienitic and objective. In either case, his presentation falls short. He makes some good points, if only one can stay awake long enough to read them. It seems ironic that anything written like this should feature the words "ecstatic" and "imagination" on the cover.
-Thomas Seay
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