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altered state of consciousness

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Psychology.

Any abnormal form of consciousness, including derealization, depersonalization, hypnosis, oceanic feeling, peak experience, or intoxication with a hallucinogen or euphoriant drug. ASC...

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anthroposophy

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Christianity.

The spiritualistic and mystical doctrine of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925), emphasizing the educational and psychological value of creative activities, such as the...

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bhaṅgā

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A narcotic drug derived from the hemp plant, sometimes used for ritual purposes or to induce a state of trance.

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biophilia

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Love of life and living things. The word gained prominence when it was used by the German-born US psychoanalyst Erich Fromm (1900–80) in his book The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and...

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fetish

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Psychology.

1 An inanimate object to which a pathological sexual attachment is formed, or by extension a person who is the object of an obsessive fixation (3).

2 An...

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I–Thou

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A distinction in ways of knowing, emphasized by M. Buber: in the personal relationship, one subject, I, encounters or meets another subject, Thou; in connection with things, the subject...

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onanism

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Another name for coitus interruptus or (less correctly) masturbation. [Named after Onan in Genesis 38:9 who deliberately spilled his seed on the ground when having intercourse with his...

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Otto Rank

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Of or relating to the Austrian psychoanalyst Otto Rank (1884–1939) or his writings and doctrines. See will therapy.

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parapsychology

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The study of apparently paranormal psychological phenomena or psi phenomena, especially extra-sensory perception (telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) and psychokinesis. Also called p...

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vagina dentata

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Psychology.

A fantasy of a toothed vagina, a legendary hazard associated with sexual intercourse. The Austrian psychoanalyst Otto Rank (1884–1939) first identified it, in his book The Trauma of Birth...

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