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In the era of self-empowerment and the relentless glorification of self-esteem, Mark Epstein is questioning whether we have it all backward. As a psychiatrist and practicing Buddhist for 25 years, Epstein has come to believe that the self-help movement has encouraged us to spend enormous amounts of time, money, and mental energy on patching up our egos, rather than pursuing true self-awareness. Instead, Epstein suggests we carefully shatter the ego, as if it were a fat piggy bank, to see what's inside--a scary prospect for those who spend their lives in fear of falling apart. But fear not. Epstein artfully shows readers how to patch the pieces together again into a far richer and more meaningful mosaic. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"[Epstein] elegantly describes how psychotherapy and meditation can help us manage our most powerful emotions--and make us feel more alive and whole in the process."
"Exhilarating . . . brilliant and original. . . . Important because it shows how work on the pains and pleasures of our own lives can be a means of transformation."
"A daring and profound synthesis of intelligence about emotions East and West . . . establishes Mark Epstein as one of psychology's most dazzling thinkers."
--Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"Plato's Socrates once wondered whether he should be a politician or a physician--that is, whether he should try to serve the existing tastes and interests of his fellow citizens or continually work to improve their minds and souls. Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart will appeal to physicians, therapists, and patients who, like Socrates, opt for the latter." --New England Journal of Medicine
"A thought-provoking look at how to break free from psychological materialism."
This is the best I have ever and will ever read. It explains budhism and psychotherapy, which are complex subjects in and of themselves, in a way that really connects with the... Read morePublished on July 14 2004
I'm currently reading this book, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. It's helping me to take a more play-oriented approach to my writing.Published on May 30 2004
This book is fun to read and explore. It bears reading two or three times, and is filled with some good insights into parallels between buddisht practice and western psychology. Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by David D. Derauf
If the title of this review does not say it all...
After reading this and considering so many of the ways this philosophy differs from our western psychology, it is no wonder... Read more
I have been suffering from anxiety/depression and feelings of emptiness for 6 years since I went through a particularly stressful event. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by "sekelly5"
I read "thoughts without a thinker" as well. Both are enlightening and very helpful. This book blends buddhist teachings with emotional healing and provides a map of... Read morePublished on July 2 2002 by C. Garcia
This book was my only solace for 7 months of bedrest during a very high risk pregnancy. My fears for the baby put too much stress on us both. Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by White Roses
A superb look at the inner workings of the mind. Often times Psychology and Buddhist texts tend to be a bit hard to read. Read morePublished on April 8 2002
This a terrific blend of Buddhist thought with the ideas that inform much of Western Psychology. The end result is great book that just might, in very practical terms, help you... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2001 by Nagel