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Patient Experiences of Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
The psychological mechanisms of action involved in psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy are not yet well understood. Despite a resurgence of quantitative research regarding psilocybin, the current study…
Humanistic and Positive Psychology: The Methodological and Epistemological Divide
- H. Friedman
- 14 June 2008
Humanistic and positive psychology both focus on similar concerns, but have differences regarding methodology and epistemology. In terms of methodology, humanistic psychologists tend to prefer…
Spirituality as a Scientific Construct: Testing Its Universality across Cultures and Languages
Investigation of the factorial reliability, validity and structural/measurement invariance of a 30-item version of Expressions of Spirituality Inventory found that the ESI-R may be viewed as structurally invariant, but measurement invariance was not supported.
A Conceptual Clarification of the Experience of Awe: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Awe is a concept central in much of humanistic and transpersonal psychology, but it still lacks a consensual scientific meaning. Consequently, this article conceptually clarifies awe for its further…
The Self-Expansiveness Level Form: A conceptualization and measurement of a transpersonal construct.
- H. Friedman
The development of adequate measures of transpersonal concepts is a major requirement if empirical work is to proceed in the field of transpersonal psychology. The development of such instruments…
Classifying dogs’ (Canis familiaris) facial expressions from photographs
The complex dynamics of wishful thinking: the critical positivity ratio.
It is concluded that Fredrickson and Losada's claim to have demonstrated the existence of a critical minimum positivity ratio of 2.9013 is entirely unfounded and is urged to exercise caution in the use of advanced mathematical tools, such as nonlinear dynamics, and in particular to verify that the elementary conditions for their valid application have been met.
Transpersonal Psychology as a Scientific Field
- H. Friedman
The importance of the development of transpersonal psychology as a science is considered. Arguments from romanticism, scientism, and constructionism that challenge this possibility are countered. A…
Cancer at the Dinner Table: Experiences of Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Distress
The psilocybin therapy helped facilitate a felt reconnection to life, a reclaiming of presence, and greater confidence in the face of cancer recurrence, and implications for theory and clinical treatment are discussed.
The Negative Shadow Cast by Positive Psychology: Contrasting Views and Implications of Humanistic and Positive Psychology on Resiliency
Resiliency is the ability to survive, or even thrive, during adversity. It is a key construct within both humanistic and positive psychology, but each sees it from a contrasting vantage. Positive…