In recent psychotherapy approaches, especially of the so-called third wave, mindfulness and acceptance are important therapeutic strategies for the management of psychosocial distress (Khoury et al., 2015), and there is growing evidence that mindfulness techniques and psychedelics have synergistic positive effects (Heuschkel and Kuypers, 2020). Recent models aim at integrating increased psychological flexibility and acceptance into the framework of psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy (Watts and Luoma, 2020; Wolff et al., 2022). In a study with 39 experienced meditators receiving a single dose of 0.315 mg/kg psilocybin p.o. in a placebo-controlled design, a significant positive association between psychedelic effects and mindfulness was observed (Smigielski et al., 2019). Psilocybin led to a deepening of meditative states and more intensive positively experienced self-dissolution. In the 4-months-follow-up, subjects in the psilocybin group still reported significantly higher mindfulness ratings and positive alterations in psychosocial functioning compared to placebo (Smigielski et al., 2019). Critically reflecting the data, it is important to mention that studies have not shown additional clinical efficacy of mindfulness augmentation of classic cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, yet (Cuijpers et al., 2019).
As the title of the novel indicates, Isabel is the principal character of the book, and the main focus of the novel is on presenting, explaining, and developing her character. James is one of America's great psychological realists, and he uses all his creative powers to ensure that Isabel's conflict is the natural product of a believable mind, and not merely an abstract philosophical consideration. In brief, Isabel's independence of spirit is largely a result of her childhood, when she was generally neglected by her father and allowed to read any book in her grandmother's library; in this way, she supervised her own haphazard education and allowed her mind to develop without discipline or order. Her natural intelligence has always ensured that she is at least as quick as anyone around her, and in Albany, New York, she has the reputation of being a formidable intellect. 2b1af7f3a8