Psychology

Integration of psychedelic experiences linked to self-actualization via improvements in personal development and self-insight

The study, which appears in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, provides evidence that this is the case for both clinical and non-clinical populations… the participants answered questions regarding their integration practices in the wake of their psychedelic experiences. In other words, they reported the extent to which they intentionally revisited aspects their psychedelic experiences, incorporated aspects of the experience into everyday life, journaled or engaging in other forms of writing, talked about their experience with others, and researched psychedelics and related topics.

After controlling for duration and frequency of psychedelic use, the researchers found that integration was positively related to self-actualizing characteristics. In other words, those who reported greater integration practices were more likely to agree with statements such as “I accept all of my quirks and desires without shame or apology,” “I often feel gratitude for the good in my life no matter how many times I encounter it,” and “I feel as though I have some important task to fulfill in this lifetime.” The link between integration and self-actualizing was mediated by improvements in personal development and self-insight. That is, those who practiced integration to a greater extent tended to report more perceived benefits of LSD and/or psilocybin use, which in turn was related to greater endorsement of self-actualizing characteristics.

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Integration of psychedelic experiences linked to self-actualization via improvements in personal development and self-insight
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