Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Comments by John Temple

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  • Well written and important article in the spirit of Laing, Grof, Jackson, and countless others. What would the author say to survivors of ‘psychosis’ who might accuse him of romanticizing their nightmarish, hellish, deeply traumatic and chronically debilitating experiences? And/or those whose ‘psychoses’ have not contained any of the mystical, ecstatic, unitive, poetic properties discussed here, nor—in their eyes—any other redeeming qualities? I believe such perspectives are only paid lip service in this article, yet they are crucial to not only acknowledge but fully (honestly, compassionately, coherently) integrate within the author’s theoretical framework, if it is to have any staying power at all.