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The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration

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Here Grof presents a useful model of the psyche--a model extended by his thirty years of studying non-ordinary states of consciousness. It is useful for understanding such phenomena as shamanism, mysticism, psychedelic states, spontaneous visionary experiences, and psychotic episodes. The model is also useful in explaining the dynamics of experiential psychotherapies and a ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 31st 1988 by State University of New York Press (first published December 1st 1987)
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The book is divided into two parts. In Dimensions of Consciousness: New Cartography of the Human Psyche Grof presents his extended cartography of the psyche, which he developed from observations during clinical work with various psychedelics (mainly with LSD therapy). He argues that the model of psyche used in traditional psychotherapy is limited to the recollective-analytical level i.e. to biography and to the individual unconscious and is inadequate for understanding the dynamics of deep se ...more
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Recommends it for: People interested in Transpersonal Psychology
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This book is essentially two different works. The first part is a discussion of Grof's catalog of types of transpersonal experiences that a person can have in an altered state of consciousness (psychedelic, mystical, trance, etc.). He also discusses his model of consciousness that encompasses the perinatal (near birth) experiences, biographical experiences (Freud, Adler, traditional psychiatry), and transpersonal experiences that appear to transcend biography whether in the domain of Jungian arc ...more
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