Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research (Condor Books)
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A pioneering and revolutionary book that lays the foundation for a radical new psychology, based on an expanded cartography of the human unconsciousness. Famous for his lifelong research into psychedelic drugs, Dr. Grof constructs a comprehensive and helpful framework out of the bewildering welter of experiences triggered by LSD in patients and research subjects. Current research into the brain and ways of expanding consciousness give this seminal book, first published in 1979, new importance for the light it throws on many fundamental, but hitherto mysterious, human potentialities. Grof's theory of the human psyche transcends the personal and opens ways to a greater understanding of our inner selves.
alternating with feelings of orgastic relief; there were no other perceptual changes. When asked about the nature of the LSD reaction, these individuals were convinced that the drug was the world's most potent aphrodisiac. Others had a reaction that seemed to justify the “model psychosis” hypothesis; they experienced epi sodes of overwhelming anxiety or homosexual panic, had delu sions of grandeur or reference, and showed a strong tendency to interpret the experiment in paranoid terms. Not
encoun tered, however, an equal demand for more honest information in many desperate parents, who felt the need to bridge the everwidening generation gap and gain more insight into the prob lems of their children. Similarly, a number of teachers and guidance counselors, puzzled by and alienated from their pupils and clients, have expressed interest in unbiased information about LSD. Clerics have also shown a sincere need to fathom the nature of religious and mystical experiences triggered by
that he is a worthless, useless, and bad human being. Guilt feelings are usually quite out of proportion to the events to which the indi vidual attaches them. They appear to have a primary quality intrinsic to human nature and can reach the metaphysical dimension of the Biblical primal sin. Another important dimen sion of the “no exit” situation is the feeling of pervading insanity; subjects typically feel that they have lost all mental control and become permanently psychotic, or that they
Here is her report of the relived event: “To my great surprise, my ego identity was suddenly changed. I was my mother at the age of three or four; it must have been the year 1902. I was dressed up in a starched, fussy dress and hiding underneath the staircase; my eyes were dilated like those of a frightened animal, and I felt anxious and lonely. I was covering my mouth with my hand, painfully aware that something terrible had just happened. I had said something very bad, was criticized, and
cated that LSD has a low toxicity level and a large safety range; in clinical experiments, the dosages administered without any detectable biological side effects ranged between 10 and 2000 micrograms. The onset of the LSD reaction follows a latency period, the duration of which can vary in the extremes between ten minutes General Introduction I 9 and three hours, depending on the individual, mode of adminis tration, dose, degree of psychological resistance, and other vari ables. This