| Style over substance|
Stanislav Grof (1931-) is Czech psychiatrist. He promotes a therapeutic practice which consists of getting a patient high, (initially with LSD then with hyperventilation / holotropic breathwork when LSD became illegal), and attributing mystical significance to the experience. The process, combined with the forking over of large sums of money, allegedly heals the patient from trauma. For a Grofian, the emphasis is on pre-natal or birth trauma if there is no obvious reason for the patient's psychological problems. Which is clutching at straws, really. The hyperventilation is intended to produce an altered state of consciousness which activates the mind's natural "holotropic" healing process, holotropic meaning "moving towards wholeness". This is pretty much the thinking behind high-dose psychedelic therapy, as opposed to low-dose talk therapy. Other breathwork practitioners may assume it's all about past lives.
Ervin Laszlo is his BFF.
- Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift (Stream of Experience Productions, 2012)
- "Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy" (State University of New York,1985)