Psychological Flexibility and Psychedelic Therapy

This was originally published on EntheoNation.

It’s been said in a number of different ways, perhaps for as long as psychedelics have been around: psychedelics make you more flexible.

Flexibility can mean different things. It could mean the personality trait of openness– a behavioral flexibility to new experiences and concepts – which has been shown to be increased after psychedelic trips…[1] It could mean the increase of entropy, or disorder, seen in your brain while taking a psychedelic…[2] Or it could mean the change towards more tolerant viewpoints that psychedelics are likely to induce.[3]

In the language of psychologists and therapists, psychedelics can help us foster something called psychological flexibility. And this may be a crucial reason for why psychedelic-assisted therapy can be so powerfully transformative.

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