Changes in the Content of Psychedelic Sessions Emotional and Psychosomatic Changes in the
Post-Session Intervals Long-Term Changes in the Personality Structure World-View, and Hierarchy of Basic Values
The discussion of the course of LSD psychotherapy presented in this section is based to a great extent on the observations made during a study which was conducted at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague between the years 1960 and 1967. This was a clinical project exploring the potential of LSD for personality diagnosis and as an adjunct to psychotherapy. The orientation in the early phases of this study was psycholytic; however, in the course of clinical work with LSD, many of the principles characteristic of the psychedelic approach were discovered and assimilated into the treatment procedure. The most important of these were increased dosage, internalization of the process, use of music, and appreciation of the healing potential of perinatal and transpersonal experiences. The final outcome of this development was the therapeutic method of using LSD described in this book.
Most of the subjects in this study were psychiatric patients, although psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, scientists from various disciplines, and artists were occasionally given serial LSD sessions outside of the therapeutic context for training, insight, and inspiration. In selecting the patients for this project we followed three basic criteria. We wanted to have all the major psychiatric diagnoses represented in the study, to assess indications and contraindications of this form of therapy and to explore whether the LSD process had specific characteristics related to clinical diagnosis and personality structure. There was a definite bias toward selecting patients who had severe chronic and fixated emotional disorders that had lasted many years and had not responded to conventional therapies. This emphasis seemed to provide ethical justification for subjecting patients to experimental treatment with a new, powerful and insufficiently known
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