Beyond the Brain is an entertaining and eye-opening introduction to the visionary work of Dr. Stanislav Grof. This Transpersonal Psychology cofounder and. Beyond the Brain seriously challenges the existing neurophysiological Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and Stanislav Grof. Beyond the Brain Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy Stanislav Grof State University of New York Press. Document. Page iv. To Christina, Paul.

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

This book is a very good overview of Grof’s ideas grounded in modern consciousness research and his work with braun drugs and other experiential methods of therapy. And truthfully, reading Grof’s work, I had no desire to practice the kind of experiential, birth-focused therapy he advocated. Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy No preview available – In this pioneering work, he proposes.

Don’t expect an easy read though. Very good and complex book about the subconcious mind and how our behavior in the adult life is beain and influenced since our conception. Unfortunately, it reads like a dry text book, however, there are some interesting ideas.

Grof makes a bold argument that understanding of the perinatal and transpersonal levels changes much of how we view both mental illness and mental health. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Astrology is the first that comes to mind. Building on his observations while conducting LSD research and on Otto Rank’s theory of birth trauma, Grof constructed a theoretical framework for pre- and perinatal psychology and transpersonal psychology in which LSD trips and other powerfully emotional experiences were mapped onto on Grof is known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche—the field of psychedelic psychotherapy.

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Grof was invited to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and lived there until as a scholar-in-residence, developing his ideas.

The first few sections were really groundbreaking and amazing, but then it seemed to repeat itself over and over and over. Loleta Wallace rated it it was ok Apr 01, Many of these would constitute as stanislzv for most of us.

Books by Stanislav Grof. Grof also explains his Holotropic Breathwork therapy that combines deep breathing, sound and music technology, and bodywork to achieve higher consciousness. Some great insights mixed with some wild speculations, unfounded assertions, and a tedious writing style.

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Beyond the Brain

Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy. Showing of 15 reviews. Grof received his M. But this book was my introduction to the world of stanislaav psychology, and I still remember my incredible excitement, reading some of his ideas, thinking, that’s it, this is what I want to do.

Milada rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He then details the experience of the infant in each of the stages, cycling through the blissful experience of floating in the womb, the increasing sense of being crowded and then panicked, feeling the contractions and having In this book, Stanislov Grof details his theory about the connections between a person’s birth experiences being born, not giving birth and later issues in life, psychological, physical and spiritual.

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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 He is no lightweight airhead, but rather is a highly qualified, credentialed and beyod researcher. While the ideas are fascinating, I found the actual writing really, grot boring and droning. I suspect that this is more a sign of bad penmanship than the absence of valuable findings in his field of study.

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Aila April rated it really liked it Jan 10, Other editions – View all Beyond the Brain: Grof includes in his model the recollective level, or the reliving of emotionally relevant memories, a level at which the Freudian framework can be useful. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. To see what stainslav friends thought of this book, please sign braln. To learn more, please visit our Privacy Policy.

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By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. View all 4 comments. In this pioneering work, he proposes a new model of the human psyche that takes account of his findings.

Please try again later. One person found this helpful. I would not recommend this book to someone who isn’t already somewhat familiar with Grof’s work. 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