Results 1 – 12 of 18 by Arnold M. Ludwig;Arthur J. Deikman;Milton H. Erickson;Gerald Vogel;M. Bertini;David Foulkes;Frederik van Eeden;Kilton Stewart. Arthur J. Deikman is the author of The Observing Self ( avg rating, 43 ratings, 2 reviews, published ), The Wrong Way Home ( avg rating, 29 r. Meditation” by psychiatrist Arthur Deikman. Meditation was then largely considered a strange, possibly psychotic-making or psychotic-manifesting activity .

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Deikman is a pioneer in the scientific investigation of meditation, the mystical experience, and consciousness. Deikman took part in a one-year research seminar on new religious movements in order to gain a better understanding of the attraction these movements had exercised on many Americans in the s and s.

This page was last edited on 22 Decemberat Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. His interest in the nature of consciousness, for example, not only included the mystic and deokman states end of the spectrum, but the practical aspects of psychotherapy.

Eastern religions and associated Mystical practices were becoming available, promising a spirituality based on actual, direct experience deiiman than a religion based on faith. There are other dimensions of Deikman’s understanding that you will encounter in the articles in this book, and I will let them speak for themselves. Your feedback is welcome. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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Indeed, discovering Deikman’s ground-breaking work was a major delight in my search for scientific literature ceikman altered states, and his work continued to inspire me for the next half century.

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It was already clear to me that our “official” scientific knowledge of the human mind, while immensely valuable in some ways, was rather narrow and biased. I found Deikman’s concept of arthhr to be of almost universal usefulness in understanding a wide variety of processes of the human mind Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. In various situations we automatically and selectively perceive what we are supposed to perceive — whatever our culture has defined as “normal” — and we feel and act accordingly.

Because half-awake is sufficient for the task we customarily do, few of us are aware of the dysfunction of our condition.

What is the difference between psychosis and mystical states of consciousness? Archives of General Psychiatry, 25, — She also continued to eat during her ward stay, was discharged, and about two years later greeted Whitaker on the street, appearing slim but not anorexic, aarthur thanked him Issues of motivation, selective perception, and developmental psychology are critical elements in that integration.

In the general culture, psychedelic drugs were about to have major effects, especially on young people. This was going against the establishment, which was rather overly aryhur with the possibilities of drug treatment or psychiatric disorders.

It turned out that what the patients had planned was a Salem witch trial during which each staff member was accused of a therapeutic crime and sentenced to have a hand or foot immersed in ice water for a length of time appropriate to the gravity of their misdeed. I continued my research on hypnosis and dreams for a decade after receiving my doctorate, but as I watched the spread of psychedelic drug usage and the rapid growth of various forms of mysticism and meditation in our culture, I realized that I needed to take a much wider look at the unusual things that could happen to human consciousness.


After an initial chapter dealing with the definition of altered states, the second chapter in my anthology was Deikman’s “Deautomatization and the mystic experience,” which he had published in the mainstream Journal of Psychiatry in volume 29, Please try your request again later.

Arthur showed that what we think of as the “normal” functionings of the mind are largely habits of functioning, shaped by culture in an automatized and conditioned manner. He grasped that there is a physical brain involved but not totally identical with consciousness, and understanding its workings is part of a full understanding of the nature of the human mind.

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This automization process is almost never conscious, and can be so powerful that it amounts to blockages that make us not perceive deikjan aspects of what could be richer and more accurate experiences. Furthermore, he added, the hospital food was of poor quality anyway so she would not be missing anything. We found that a psychiatric resident had been covertly administering drugs to her without that stopping her behavior.