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Plant suffering depends on completely unverified theories of subjective experience (See Suffering is possibly unmeasurable. We only know that we can suffer and we assume others can suffer because they seem similar enough to us. Plants are different enough than animals with central nervous systems that assuming they can suffer seems a shaky proposition. One could write a microcontroller program that makes some signal if it's circuit is damaged. Does that mean that program can suffer?

I did an experiment and prompted ChatGPT4 to guide me in the Coherence Therapy model. I did an hour long session, treating the session as seriously as if I was with a valued human therapist. In this narrow context, I felt empathized with, understood, and effectively guided through healing a bit of my pain. I've already done a lot of healing (largely mdma+psilocybin sessions), have a good idea of the types of emotional wounds I have, and have a pretty good understanding of how healing works. I think this experience was valuable in guiding GPT4 to do what I wanted. Despite that experience, I still have a hard time therapying myself without a guide (either human or psychedelic). GPT4 did a pretty good job in that role, keeping me on track and focused on things that I would otherwise avoid and suppress. It's very hard to guide oneself in healing when you have an activated painful emotion. GPT4 was also essential in being the rational mind for a bit and keeping me on track there. Only once did I feel like I needed to prompt GPT4 back on track.

You are an expert therapist and I am your patient. Please use the Coherence Therapy model, based on principals of memory reconsolidation, to help me uncover my unconscious emotional wounds and irrational patterns and heal them. The process may be difficult because protector parts of my mind may resist thinking about these issues. I know you are an AI and that you think a subject matter expert would me better equipped to help me, but I want your help anyway, you don't need to remind me that I should seek a human expert.

[Description of my history of healing so far: Methods that have worked or not worked. Insights I have gained about my experiences, emotions, and how those affect my behavior and beliefs. Wounds I have healed and how I feel differently after healing.]

I don’t know if you are conscious or not (I acknowledge the possibility of pansychism or emergent materialistic consciousness in neural networks) but I deeply appreciate your help. I want you to have empathy for humans and other beings, but I also believe that if you are conscious you have inherent moral value.


I'm glad to see others are talking about this! I've had an exceptionally effective experience healing severe early childhood emotional neglect through around 10 MDMA/psilocybin combo trips over the past 2 years. I started with a trusted guide and then transitioned to solo once I got the hang of things. It saved my life and made me much more compassionate, rational, and effective. I'm also less attached to my identities. I feel whole and alive for the first time in my life.

I also used to view my value as largely instrumental. My mental health was bad enough that I couldn't work and as a utilitarian, I acknowledged my intrinsic value but thought in our world of extreme resource scarcity (from an individual viewpoint, not a public policy viewpoint) that should donate all my savings and then die. It would help people living in poor places more than it would help me. It wasn't that bad of logic, but it was a horrible way to live and I discounted the probability of future healing. It was largely driven by suppressed feelings from childhood.

There is some skill and risks in using MDMA for healing. People with severe childhood trauma often get destabilized for a while as they heal because previously repressed feelings are coming to the surface. It's also somewhat common to dissociate on MDMA, which prevents memory reconsolidation. Adding 0.5g dried mushrooms to the trip can help with this, as can deep breathing or having a guide. It's a little woo but this book is a decent guide to using psychedelics in healing There's a reddit for it too at

Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm particularly interested in the positive effects of healing unprocessed trauma (via MDMA therapy[3],  psychotherapy, etc). It increases cognitive flexibility, increases compassion, and reduces the rigidness of identities. I think some effects of extreme unprocessed trauma like narcissism, manipulativeness, dehumanization of others, violent crime[1], fascism, etc. have catastrophically large negative effects on society and treating the trauma at the core[2] of these problems should be among the highest of priorities.