Philosophy & Madness: A Discussion with Wouter Kusters on his new book

Wouter Kusters is a Dutch philosopher and linguist from the Netherlands. He is best known for his books, ‘Pure Madness, A Quest for the Psychotic Experience’ and ‘A Philosophy of Madness: The Experience of Psychotic Thinking.’ The latter was translated into…
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William Blake: Biography offers glimpse into artist and poet’s visionary mind

“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”William Blake Paul Glynn, writing for the BBC says: “One day in 1801, when William Blake was living on the Sussex coast, he went on a long country walk when he got into…
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Self-transcendence and the relationship between mystical experience, transliminality, and dissociation: a quantitative investigation

“The notion of mystical experience as being marked by pathology, specifically, dissociation, is laid to rest in this study” This research paper , published in the Journal of Transpersonal Research, has been co-authored by Dr. Kim McCann and Dr. M. Davis. The…
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Psychiatry and experiences beyond consensus reality

“… there is no experiential learning about … unusual states. Psychiatric training does not require that trainee psychiatrists explore their own nature, through counselling or meditation, for instance.” Writing in Asylum Magazine , Dave Barton says: “This article begins with two of my experiences…
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Models of Mental Health (Foundations of Mental Health Practice)

This book has been co-authored by Gavin Davidson, Jim Campbell, Ciaran Shannon and Ciaran Mulholland. The publishers say: “This key text book presents a critical overview of the main theoretical perspectives relevant to mental health practice and argues that no one…
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The Politics of Well-being and Ecstasy

Jules Evans is a Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions. He writes : “What Use is the History of Emotions? The history of the emotions can often seem a rather niche field. I sometimes receive incredulous looks…
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Power Threat Meaning Framework: a slideshow presentation

On January 18th 2018, in London, the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) publicly launched the Power Threat Meaning (PTM) Framework … the culmination of a five year project. The framework is subtitled: “Towards the identification of patterns…
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How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics

Written by Michael Pollan (May 2018), the full sub-title of this book is “What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence. The publishers say: “When LSD was first discovered in the 1940s, it…
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Psychosis and Spirituality: Consolidating the New Paradigm

The publishers say that this book (first issued in 2010 and edited by Isabel Clarke): “… builds on the very latest research to present an original and unique exploration of the psychology of both spirituality and psychosis. The editor brings together…
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