Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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"One of the most sophisticated integrations of therapeutic and spiritual disciplines." Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mark Epstein, M.D., is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School whose other books include Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, Going on Being, and Open to Desire. He practices psychiatry in New York City, where he lives.
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Just in the introduction, Dr. Epstein helped me understand the journey of psychotherapy, informing me clearly and easily how over the past 120 years, numerous psychologists have extensively explored how our humanness affects us individually and collectively. This includes how one of the first psychotherapists, Sigmund Freud, covered the effects of the powerful forces of sexual and aggressive instinct from inside of us and the repressive forces of society from outside of us. It also showed me how Freud's student, Carl Jung, took his work further and deeper into understanding how we are unconsciously affected and influenced by the mythic patterns and archetypal forces stored within the collective human consciousness itself.
In understanding this, I realized for myself how a major shift in the progressive evolution of human consciousness took place in the 1960's when individuals gathered together and publicly challenged society by demanding more personal freedom. I was 10 years old, barely entering the age of reason, yet I knew inside myself that we needed more civil liberties based on race, gender, sexuality, age, and class. I knew it, just as I came to realize later, as I grew older, that the revelation of the existence of extensive drug addiction, alcoholism, and physical/mental/sexual abuse in families was the revealing of the very problems people wanted to relieve and eliminate by attaining what they needed that was being denied to them - the human rights necessary to exist in peace and safety - freedom, equality, and respect for their right to be who they are.
Today I am one of the many people demanding an overall change in human consciousness itself in order to gain relief from suffering. This is why I have been drawn to Dr. Epstein's work. His approach to psychotherapy is significant because he is answering this call for change by addressing our need to know the deepest and highest truths about ourselves as beings, unencumbered by the powerful patterns and forces of our human bodies and past social conditioning.
This book, "Thoughts Without A Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective", and his other book, "Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective", both address how psychotherapy can be modified and used to support our current need to realize ourselves as unlimited beings of Life, Mind, and Consciousness itself, and how to incorporate this into our current existence and daily lives as human beings. His other two books, "Going on Being: Buddhism and the Way of Change - A Positive Psychology for the West" and "Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness", have helped me understand my own experiences as a part of this evolutionary change. Together, all four books have provided me with a significant understanding of the process of change in human consciousness from both an individual and collective perspective and how Buddhism is totally in tune with assisting us through this process of change.
I deeply appreciate Dr. Epstein's work as his gift and contribution to our evolution of beings, helping me to know myself better as a human being and as a unlimited being of pure Consciousness and Life.
I found his approach of cultivating openness to feeling to be really insightful and helpful in dealing with some avoidant behaviors I have. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes his other work or is looking for a different perspective.
Again it is no where near a quick read and takes some work and a long time to read because at least for me, it made me stop and think. Really cool book