I just watched a lecture by Stanislav Grof (b. 1931), a psychologist who has devoted his career to researching “holotropic” psychology: the psychology of altered states, for example drug trips, spiritual experiences, past life experiences, near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, etc. He studies these states as positive, transformative events, not as evidence of pathology. I think I would like to be a counseling psychologist, but if I am a research social psychologist, this might be an interesting current for me to join.

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