The Origins of the Word 'Psychedelic'

The Origins of the Word 'Psychedelic'

Osmond responded to Huxley with:

"To fathom Hell or soar angelic,
Just take a pinch of psychedelic"

This was the first time the term psychedelic was used. Osmond combined the words psyche (mind, soul, spirit) and d─ôlos (clear, manifest) from the Greek language to properly describe the experiences from these substances. Psychedelic translates to mind manifesting.

The Snowball Effect

The Snowball Effect

The snowball effect explains a phenomenon of building momentum. At the initial start the significance or size is small, almost meaningless. As momentum builds the significance or size grows, meaning becomes stronger. This can be applied to many aspects. As the name of this phenomenon implies, picture a tiny snowball you can fit in your hand rolling down a snowy mountain side. The snowball will roll down the mountain side and exponentially grow to easily become the size of a boulder. 

Cocktail Party Effect

Cocktail Party Effect

     The 'cocktail party' effect explains a phenomenon that occurs when focusing on a single source of auditory stimuli among the multiple sources of noise. When focus is applied, everything outside the range of focus is effectively tuned out of the individual's perception. This does not mean that the brain stops processing the background stimuli. A word or phrase of importance to the individual will catch their attention and shift their focus. This effect highlights how information is filtered to our conscious or subconscious.

Depressive Realism Hypothesis

Depressive Realism Hypothesis

Depressive Realism is a hypothesis developed by Lauren Alloy and Lyn Yvonne Abramson in 1979. Their theory suggests that depressed people have a more realistic view of the world compared to non-depressed individuals. The theory from these two psychologists sheds light on negative and positive cognitive biases and the effect on individual realities. The results remain controversial having evidence on both sides of the argument.

The Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction

William Walker Atkinson wrote Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World in 1906. His publication supported his idea for a law of attraction. What we think manifests in our reality. Thoughts attract like things according to Atkinson. Evidence is lacking to support his claims but it hasn't stopped people from believing in the power of his law.

Law of Reversed Effort (The Backwards Law)

Law of Reversed Effort (The Backwards Law)

The harder we try the less we shall succeed. This is the most simple way to explain the law of reversed effort. The 'backwards law' is talked about by two influential philosophers, Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts. These two philosophers took notice to the phenomenon that occurs when conscious will is applied to achieve results. If one is to apply more conscious effort in hopes of increased results, he will run into diminishing returns for his effort. More effort does not equate to better results.