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There is much here that is grotesque and disturbing, but it is nothing new, only a continuation of what has been happening at least since Freud. Here is a quote from a book called Psychoanalysts, Psychologists and Psychiatrists Discuss Psychopathy and Human Evil.

“Gabbard (2002), citing Kerr (1993), writes, “sexual exploitation of patients was veritably ubiquitous among Freud’s intimate circle. In addition to Ernest Jones, Freud also had concerns about Wilhelm Stekel, Otto Gross, and even the clergyman Oscar Pfister” 381). In such boundary violations, there are overlapping dynamics with psychopathy, such as problems with narcissism, omnipotence, grandiosity, superego pathology, and defensive dissociation. With respect to Ernest Jones, a more serious and nefarious matter comes to light. In an article that could be considered an indictment of Jones as a pedophile, Kuhn (2002) discusses the 1906 arrest, trial, and acquittal of Jones, who was accused of the indecent sexual assault of two girls, along with indecent exposure towards a number of the children he had examined.”

People like David Harder will always find vulnerable people to hurt. Will anything ever be done to stop them? Just look at how therapists are certified. Whether psychedelic guides or any other kind of therapist, institutions who train and certify are not interested in weeding out either those who are mentally ill or those who just don't have the mental strength, skill, and devotion to deal with trauma. Until the institutions of psychology require that all therapists-to-be are thoroughly tested for--at the minimum--psychopathy, narcissism, and sexual deviation--therapists and guides will continue to prey on their vulnerable clients.

Since psychedelics make people even more vulnerable, I believe it is best to do psychedelics at home with my spouse present, and then speak with a therapist later. This conviction that psychedelics need to be done with a trained guide makes sense if you assume that all trained guides are both good and skillful, but ignores the fact that many--maybe most--aren't. At the least, all psychedelic sessions should be recorded and the recordings reviewed.

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