#582 – Memoir of A Trance Therapist with Adam Crabtree

Adam Crabtree is a founding faculty member of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto, where he is a lecturer, seminar leader, psychotherapy group facilitator, and psychotherapy practice supervisor.

Adam Crabtree’s first book, published in 1985, is titled Multiple Man: Explorations in Possession and Multiple Personality. He has written books on hypnosis, trance states in everyday life, and dissociation, pathological and normal. He has published an annotated bibliography Animal Magnetism, Early Hypnotism, and Psychical Research from 1766 to 1920: An Annotated Bibliography (1988). He has written several books on the history of psychodynamic psychology in the West, most notably From Mesmer to Freud: Magnetic Sleep and the Roots of Psychological Healing (1993). He has written about the history of hypnosis and advocates a the redefinition and resituating of hypnosis, placing it in terms of the broader category of trance, particularly in his book Memoir of a Trance Therapist: Hypnosis and the Evocation of Human Potentials (2014).

He is contributing author of a book on extraordinary rogue phenomena of human experience titled Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century (2007), and associate editor of a study of the possible explanations for these phenomena called Beyond Physicalism: Toward Reconciliation of Science and Spirituality (2015). Both of these books grew out of the fifteen-year research project of the “survival seminar” of the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, of which he was a founding member.

His latest book is Evolutionary Love and the Ravages of Greed (2017). It is concerned with an examination of the nature of love, both as an interpersonal and an evolutionary force in the world. He writes about two kinds of love at work in cosmic evolution: agape(benevolent and beneficent love) and eros (desire-love). He also examines the domination of greed in today’s tumultuous world as a psychosocial reality and sees it as the result of a defect in the practice of love. He also offers a proposal for a grass roots solution that involves widespread growth of the practice of agape in the human community

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One Comment

  1. Rich Featherly
    Posted January 27, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I loved listening in on this conversation. Everything you two spoke of was of interest to me. I also have not read the book “The Secret” or watched the whole film by the same title, but I have heard its about Law of Attraction type stuff. Its kind of first grade spirituality, but it can be a way for a person to be drawn into spirituality so not all bad. Like you, I don’t seem to experience the synchronicities that I used to. In my case, I figure it’s because of the internal message I’ve continued to ignore over the years.

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