Psychedelics and the Founding of Transpersonal Psychology with James Fadiman

by Scott Barry Kaufman, January 10, 2018

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

5 Responses to “Psychedelics and the Founding of Transpersonal Psychology with James Fadiman”

  1. FeagueMaster says:

    It’s a real shame that LSD and psychedelics are illegal and criminalized. They are listed as schedule 1 drugs, yet they have virtually no potential for abuse and addiction due to their inherent characteristics, and infact they are ANTI-addictive.

    The government doesn’t want to admit it was wrong the whole time.

  2. Jamie says:

    Here’s why LSD and cannabis are illegal:

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” former Nixon domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman told Harper’s writer Dan Baum for the April cover story published Tuesday.

    “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

  3. Tayla says:

    What was the name of the manifesto James wrote about the two selves, and how can I find it?

  4. Ann says:

    Isn’t “self-shifting” just adopting and playing different roles in different contexts? One of the many problems in psychology is re-inventing the wheel and naming it something else.

  5. Adrienne says:

    I’m curious if anyone has knowledge regarding the selves and learning. If learning is challenging for you could it be because it tends to put you in your stressed self – could you find ways to not go into that self when wanting to learn….?

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