Psychedelics and the Founding of Transpersonal Psychology with James Fadiman

James Fadiman is a Harvard-trained psychologist and writer, who is known for his extensive work in the field of psychedelic research. He co-founded, along with Robert Frager, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, which later became Sofia University, where he was a lecturer in psychedelic studies. Fadiman is author of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys.

In this episode, we discuss:

– Why he decided to scientifically study the positive effects of LSD

– Why the psychedelic experience is so transformative for so many people

– How the psychedelic experience evaporates boundaries

– The limitations of science

– Fadiman’s experience with Abraham Maslow on an airplane

– The founding of transpersonal psychology

– The potential benefits of “psychedelic therapy”

– How one can have enlightenment without compassion (“false enlightenment”)

– The importance of the Bodhisattva Path

– How accepting our multiple selves can increase understanding and compassion


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