THIRD WAVE PODCAST

Listening to Ecstasy: MDMA as the Chemical of Connection

Episode 113

Charley Wininger

A psychotherapist since 1989, Charley Wininger is also a licensed psychoanalyst and a mental health counselor who specializes in relationships and communication skills. His recent book, Listening To Ecstasy, tracks his personal experience with MDMA as a way to enhance his life and strengthen his marriage. In this podcast, he and Paul chat about the power of MDMA to solidify relationships, rediscover joy, and reconnect to ourselves and each other.

A psychotherapist since 1989, Charley Wininger is also a licensed psychoanalyst and a mental health counselor who specializes in relationships and communication skills. His recent book, Listening To Ecstasy, tracks his personal experience with MDMA as a way to enhance his life, strengthen his marriage, and reconnect to joy. Charley has been featured in The New York Times, is a member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and is considered an elder in New York’s underground psychedelic community.

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Podcast Highlights

  • 71 and still going strong: how MDMA serves as Charley’s relationship superglue—or the icing on his relationship’s cake.
  • Entering the forbidden world of “drug users” and finding it enchanting.
  • MDMA as an empathogen: discovering elation, peace, serenity, and wellbeing.
  • Cuddle puddles, dancing, and imagining the future.
  • Yes, you can have sex on MDMA—the climax of the experience.
  • Why spiritual bypassing doesn’t work.
  • A regimen for the safe and effective use of MDMA.
  • Using MDMA to break the cycle of fear and rediscover love.

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