The Paradox of ‘Set’: Conflicting Messages About Tripping When in a Bad Mood

One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear when it comes to tripping is not to take psychedelics if you’re in a negative frame of mind. This is encompassed by the concept of ‘set and setting’, with the first half — ‘set’ — referring to the fact that one’s mindset can influence the quality of a psychedelic experience. (Setting, meanwhile, refers to how one’s environment and social context can affect the journey.)

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Originally published at https://www.samwoolfe.com on July 11, 2022.

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Sam Woolfe

Sam Woolfe

I'm a freelance writer interested in philosophy, ethics, psychology, and mental health. Website: www.samwoolfe.com