Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective

October 28, 2008|
Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective by Mark Epstein
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Immersed in Buddhist psychology prior to studying Western psychiatry, Dr. Mark Epstein first viewed Western therapeutic approaches through the lens of the East. This posed something of a challenge. Although both systems promise liberation through self-awareness, the central tenet of Buddha's wisdom is the notion of no-self, while the central focus of Western psychotherapy is the self. This book, which includes writings from the past twenty-five years, wrestles with the complex relationship between Buddhism and psychotherapy and offers nuanced reflections on therapy, meditation, and psychological and spiritual development.

 

A best-selling author and popular speaker, Epstein has long been at the forefront of the effort to introduce Buddhist psychology to the West.  His unique background enables him to serve as a bridge between the two traditions, which he has found to be more compatible than at first thought.  Engaging with the teachings of the Buddha as well as those of Freud and Winnicott, he offers a compelling look at desire, anger, and insight and helps reinterpret the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and central concepts such as egolessness and emptiness in the psychoanalytic language of our time.

 

Title:Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.71 inShipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.71 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300143133

ISBN - 13:9780300143133

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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