Set And Setting Of The Sessions

In addition to the factors associated with the personalities of the subject and the therapist or sitter, there exists a broad complex of non-pharmacological parameters usually referred to lis "set and setting." Any understanding of the LSD reaction and its therapeutic use is superficial and incomplete if it does not take into consideration all the determining elements belonging to this category.

The term set' includes the expectations, motivations and intentions of the subject in regard to the session; the therapist's or guide's concept of the nature of the LSD experience; the agreed-upon goal of the psychedelic procedure; the preparation and programming for the session; and the specific technique of guidance used during the drug experience.

The term setting refers to the actual environment, both physical and interpersonal, and to the concrete circumstances under which the drug is administered.

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