Dr. Arthur J. Deikman

Welcome! You will find here articles and books offering a way of understanding the mystical traditions and the mystical experience without reducing them to neurophysiological artifacts. For the past thirty years, I have been conducting research on meditation, altered states of consciousness, mystical traditions, and cult behavior with the goal of integrating mystical and scientific knowledge. Issues of motivation, selective perception, and developmental psychology are critical elements in that integration. The model I have developed also permits an understanding of cult behavior as it occurs to frequently in spiritual groups, but also in the organizations that comprise ordinary society. Most recently, I have been doing research on service as providing a way of knowing the connectedness that underlies reality--the basis for spiritual experience.

I invite you to browse the various articles I have listed. Some you can download, others you may need to obtain from interlibrary loan. Books can be sampled here and then ordered if you are interested. Your feedback is welcome.

Arthur J. Deikman, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology.

Currently, he is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and divides his time between research, teaching, and the practice of psychotherapy.

Dr. Deikman is a pioneer in the scientific investigation of meditation, the mystical experience, and consciousness. He has published numerous articles and three books on the subjects of mysticism, its relation to psychotherapy, and the problem posed by cult behavior.

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