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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Muswell Hill Press (8 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908995076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908995070
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Scott Hill's brilliant book presents a sophisticated analysis of how psychedelic experiences may be understood from the standpoint of Jung's archetypal psychology."- Ralph Metzner, author of The Unfolding Self "A perceptive and creative interface between the thought of Carl Jung and contemporary psychedelic research, now in its rebirth, by a scholar who skilfully articulates a profound comprehension of both realms of knowledge." - William A. Richards, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine "The Jungian insights Dr. Hill provides here are invaluable for clinicians working with acute psychedelic crises and the integration of difficult psychedelic experiences. They also shed light on the robust archetypal dynamics of all psychological transformation." - David Lukoff, Co-President of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology br>"A landmark study ... timely, impeccably researched, and wisely conceived." - Sean Kelly, author of Individuation and the Absolute: Hegel, Jung, and the Path Toward Wholeness

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Scott J. Hill, Ph. D., lives in Sweden, where he conducts scholarly research on the intersection between psychedelic studies and Jungian psychology. He holds degrees in psychology from the University of Minnesota and in philosophy and religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan 2014
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Many books have been written lately about psychedelics, mainly falling into two categories. One enthusiastic endorsing layman use of mindexpanding substances, taking Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna as their rolemodels Psychedelia - An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way Of Lifeor trying to make them acceptable for mainstream culture by completely downplaying their transcendent aspects Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development.

Compared with books like the above mentioned Scott Hill's work about Jung and the relevance of a Jungian approach to Psychedelic experiences is a serious and worthwhile enterprise. Originally written as a Ph.D thesis it is nonetheless well written and accesible. And having a rather personal tone as the main theme of the book seems to be the attempt of the author to come to terms with some 'bad trips' in his youth where he contemplated suicide.

Whereas most psychedelic therapists have great respect for Jung the man himself took a negative attitude towards the use of chemical aids to the therapeutic process. The books strength may lie in it's thorough and intelligent discussion of Jung's theories and their possible use in psychedelig therapy especially the confrontation with archetypical material and the collective unconscious.

The weak spot seems to me to be that he forgets or overlooks that archetypes are only one of a wide range of transpersonal phenomena that can happen under the influence of entheogenics.
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The relevance of Jung for psychedelics 21 Jan 2014
By Bodhi Heeren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many books have been written lately about psychedelics, mainly falling into two categories. One enthusiastic endorsing layman use of mindexpanding substances, taking Timothy Leary and Terence McKenna as their rolemodels Psychedelia: An Ancient Culture, A Modern Way of Life or trying to make them acceptable for mainstream culture by completely downplaying their transcendent aspects Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development.

Compared with books like the above mentioned Scott Hill's work about Jung and the relevance of a Jungian approach to Psychedelic experiences is a serious and worthwhile enterprise. Originally written as a Ph.D thesis it is nonetheless well written and accesible. And having a rather personal tone as the main theme of the book seems to be the attempt of the author to come to terms with some 'bad trips' in his youth where he contemplated suicide.

Whereas most psychedelic therapists have great respect for Jung the man himself took a negative attitude towards the use of chemical aids to the therapeutic process. The books strength may lie in it's thorough and intelligent discussion of Jung's theories and their possible use in psychedelig therapy especially the confrontation with archetypical material and the collective unconscious.

The weak spot seems to me to be that he forgets or overlooks that archetypes are only one of a wide range of transpersonal phenomena that can happen under the influence of entheogenics. In cases where people relive their birth or a past life, experience themself as an animal or become one with the "magnificent void" trying to reinterpret it in a symbolic way using Jungian ideas would be a completely misleading and barren process.

Certainly an important book that should be read by everyone interested in a sincere and repsonsible use of psychedelia.
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A worthy clarification of Jungian theory 19 July 2014
By D. Waterman - Published on Amazon.com
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In my opinion, the large majority of writing on entheogens and psychedelics fails seriously because of the lack of a firm theoretical foundation. This work strikes me as more than worthwhile because of the attempt to clarify Jung's ideas, e.g. on the transpersonal or collective unconscious, his distinction between conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche and so on. The problem confronting many readers in this area is a poor understanding of psychological theory. I myself have studiously avoided Jung, although well aware that concepts such as his "archetypes" are relevant to understanding the effects and experiences catalysed with the aid of "mind-altering substances." Hill's book is by no means the last word on the subject but is rather an expertly pursued inquiry into the applicability of and correspondences between Jung's theories and the contents of these experiences. Crucially, I think, Confrontation with the Unconscious offers some insight into the psychological foundations of the "healing" that many people attribute to psychedelics. As such, this book paves the way towards a broader consideration of the significance of entheogens/psychedelics and discourses about consciousness as critiques of contemporary society and culture. These subjects are explored in Entheogens, Society & Law (Waterman & Hardison, 2013). http://www.amazon.com/dp/190864561X
Delighted I bought this book. 16 Dec 2014
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Well researched and documented. This book is both informative and an engaging read.
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