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Title: What is the meaning inherent in the recreational use of psychedelics among Lebanese citizens, particularly as experienced psychologically and spiritually? : a phenomenological study
Authors: Kiwan, Beatrice
Advisors: Hagopian, Sareen E. 
Subjects: Phenomenology
Issue Date: 2019
In this research, a hermeneutic phenomenological methodology was utilized to explore how the recreational use of psychedelics affects seven Lebanese citizens on the psychological and spiritual levels. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were used to gather data. Upon completion of the thematic analysis, seven themes emerged. The themes shed light on the significance of psychedelic experiences on spirituality, anxiety, mood, addictions, distress, shadow work, connectedness, empathy, and others as lived subjectively by the individuals. The findings of this study illuminate the significance of psychedelics in improving the psychological well-being of recreational users as well as awaken them spiritually. The findings indicate that the individuals experiences allowed them to have more awareness, acceptance, life satisfaction, peace, empathy, spiritual growth, and personal growth. Participants experienced decrease in anxiety and addictions as well as an improved positive mood. Participants also experienced enhanced pro-social behaviors and other positive human qualities. These experiences gave purpose and meaning to the individuals lives.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-92).

Supervised by Dr. Sareen Hagopian.
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Type: Thesis
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