Timothy Leary

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Timothy Leary (1920-1996) was a well-known psychologist, researcher and an advocate of drugs such as LSD both for therapeutic and spiritual improvement. One of his famous slogans is ‘turn on, tune in and drop out’  which is often used in music as a sample.

Biography Timothy Leary

Timothy Leary had obtained his Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in psychology from the University of Alabama in 1943. He obtained his doctorate (Ph.D.) from the Berkeley University in 1950.

Subsequently, Timothy Leary started his career as a research psychologist at the Kaiser Foundation in Oakland. In addition to his many publications, including a best-selling book, Timothy Leary also developed a standard personality test for the prison system to help classify prisoners according to their potential escape profile.

Another well-known communication model is Leary’s rose which is based on types of behavior. Timothy Leary’s theories about existential transactions became increasingly popular when he was working for the Kaiser Foundation.

This is why Harvard University asked him to develop his ideas. For years Timothy Leary secretly tested LSD on students for the CIA. It would be many years before he started taking these drugs himself. In the early 1960s Timothy Leary started taking LSD himself and he was very impressed with the effects of these drugs. The focus of his research shifted as a consequence and this did not sit well with many colleagues at Harvard University.

In the end Timothy Leary was dismissed and his scientific career ended in 1963. After his dismissal Leary led an extraordinary life (from fugitive to lecturer). Timothy Leary wrote more than 27 books and 250 articles and was interviewed over 100 times. He died from prostate cancer at the age of 76.

Timothy Leary quotes

  1. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.”
  2. “The universe is an intelligence test.”
  3. “Science is all metaphor.”
  4. “You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind.”
  5. “Think for yourself and question authority.”
  6. “Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.”
  7. “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.”
  8. “If you don’t like what you’re doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove.”
  9. “Civilization is unbearable, but it is less unbearable at the top.”
  10. “We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they’ve got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.”

Publications and books by Timothy Leary et al.

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