Embedding existential psychology within psychedelic science: reduced death anxiety as a mediator of the therapeutic effects of psychedelics

@article{Moreton2019EmbeddingEP,
  title={Embedding existential psychology within psychedelic science: reduced death anxiety as a mediator of the therapeutic effects of psychedelics},
  author={Sam G. Moreton and Luke Szalla and Rachel E Menzies and Andrew F. Arena},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={2019},
  volume={237},
  pages={21 - 32}
}
  • Sam G. Moreton, Luke Szalla, +1 author Andrew F. Arena
  • Published in Psychopharmacology 2019
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Psychedelic therapies can engender enduring improvements in psychological well-being. However, relatively little is known about the psychological mechanisms through which the salutary effects of psychedelics emerge. Through integrating extant research on psychedelics with contemporary existential psychology, we present a novel hypothesis that reduced death anxiety may be a key mechanism underpinning the therapeutic effects of psychedelics. In developing this hypothesis, we also provide a… CONTINUE READING

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