Psychedelics as a Catalyst for Existential Joy
In many discussions around psychedelics, there can be a tendency to be a focus on how these compounds alleviate various ills, rather than on what they can positively add to people’s lives. This speaks to a more general theme in the psychological field, where there is a preference for trying to resolve the negative and maladaptive aspects of human experience while ignoring or undervaluing the promotion of positive thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The latter is secondary. This is why the approach of positive psychology originally emerged — its aim was to complement (not replace) psychology’s negative bias.
Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on September 28, 2020.