Psychology

A man who took magic mushrooms for a scientific study said it helped him see a basic truth about relationships

“Now if I’m meeting people, the default is to be just present — not just physically, but mentally present to the conversation,” he said. “That switch has been profound.”

“In my relationships, I had always approached it from a ‘How do I manage this?’ How do I present myself?’ ‘Am I a good listener?’ type of standpoint,” Martin said. “But it dawned on me as I was coming out of [the trip] that relationships are pretty much spontaneous if you’re just present and connecting.” That shift, which Martin said has deepened since he took the psilocybin in 2010, has had enduring implications for his relationships. While he felt himself undergo a shift during his trip on psilocybin, Martin says the most enduring changes in his personality and his approach to interacting with those around him unfolded long after he took the drug. For him, the drug was merely a catalyst — a “kick-start,” he likes to call it. By redirecting his perspective for a few hours, the psilocybin unleashed a chain reaction in the way he sees and approaches the world. The trip “kind of opened up a more intuitive brain processing that I wasn’t fully aware was there,” said Martin.

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A man who took magic mushrooms for a scientific study said it helped him see a basic truth about relationship
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