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Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transendence in Psychotherapy

Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transendence in Psychotherapy

Beyond the Brain seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological models of the brain. After three decades of extensive research on those non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs and by other means, Grof concludes that our present scientific world view is as inadequate as many of its historical predecessors. In this pioneering work, he proposes a new model of the human psyche that takes account of his findings.


Chapter One: The Nature of Reality: Dawning of a New Paradigm

Philosophy of Science and the Role of Paradigms

The Newtonian-Cartesian Spell of Mechanistic Science

Conceptual Challenges from Modern Consciousness Research

New Understanding of Reality, Existence and Human Nature

The Holonomic Approach: New Principles and New Perspectives

Chapter Two: Dimensions of the Human Psyche: Cartography of Inner Space

The Sensory Barrier and the Individual Unconscious

Encounter with Birth and Death: The Dynamics of Perinatal Matrices

Beyond the Brain: Realms of Transpersonal Experiences

The Spectrum of Consciousness

Chapter Three: The World of Psychotherapy: Towards an Integration of Approaches

Sigmund Freud and Classical Psychoanalysis

The Famous Renegades: Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Reich, and Otto Rank

Existential and Humanistic Psychotherapies

Psychotherapies with Transpersonal Orientation

Chapter Four: The Architecture of Emotional Disorders

Varieties of Sexual Experience: Dysfunctions, Deviations, and Transpersonal Forms of Eros

Roots of Violence: Biographical, Perinatal, and Transpersonal Sources of Aggression

Dynamics of Depressions, Neuroses, and Psychosomatic Disorders

The Psychotic Experience: Disease or Transpersonal Crisis?

Chapter Five: Dilemmas and Controversies of Traditional Psychiatry

The Medical Model in Psychiatry: Pros and Cons

Disagreements about Theory and Therapeutic Measures

Criteria of Mental Health and Therapeutic Results

Psychiatry and Religion: Role of Spirituality in Human Life

Chapter Six: A New Understanding of the Psychotherapeutic Process

The Nature of Psychogenic Symptoms

Effective Mechanisms of Psychotherapy and Personality Transformation

Spontaneity and Autonomy of Healing

Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development

Chapter Seven: New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration

Principles of Psychotherapeutic Assistance

Techniques of Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration

Goals and Results of Psychotherapy

Chapter Eight: Epilogue. The Current Global Crisis and the Future of Consciousness Evolution


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