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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD; MP3 Una edition (Aug. 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469203782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469203782
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,457,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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To be fair I'm only halfway through it right now. It examines in great detail the similarities and differences of Buddhist ideology and perspective and western psychology - but it does so in such great detail that it is quite a challenging read. I am an avid reader with a university education, and have a strong interest in the subject matter, but I still glaze over halfway through every paragraph. I have to go back and re-read everything 3-4x before I get the point. It is taking me forever to read this book. It reads like a very dry university textbook. There is some great information in here, but none of it is particularly memorable to me - and if it's not memorable, it's not useful. The only paragraphs I actually remember and understand are the anecdotal ones that start with "I had a patient who..." because unless I understand concepts better when they are put in real-world context. If you have an education in psychology and/or psychotherapy and want to hash out the details of Buddhism as it applies to western psychology, it's a great book. If you're looking for inspiration or bedtime light reading, maybe not.
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I read this book as a medical student, and its wisdom has stayed with me for more than a decade. Well worth the read for any inspired clinician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindfulness Practice Meets Psychoanalytic Theory July 31 2016
By Janet S Frigo - Published on Amazon.com
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I have recommended this book to therapist colleagues, who have also found it interesting and helpful. It focuses on integrating thinking from psychoanalytic thought and Buddhist psychology. Epstein uses many case examples to illustrate his points. I have read this book multiple times over the past several years. I have the book in print and in CD narrated by the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Psychology: Evolving Human Consciousness Nov. 15 2009
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Since the 1890's, psychotherapy has steadily advanced in its understanding of the human psyche and Dr. Mark Epstein's book from a Buddhist perspective is a wonderful and natural part of that advancement. It fits perfectly into the present times where more people are interested in attaining the benefits of a healthy psychological and spiritual understanding of themselves.

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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent foundation of his approach March 19 2007
By Taylor Ellwood - Published on Amazon.com
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I read Epstein's book on Desire before this one. When I read this book I was struck by how foundational it is for the desire book. That said, it doesn't make this book less useful for the reader. Epstein, as always, mindfully approaches the subjects at hand with experience and theory offered up to help readers grasp the concepts.

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.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts Without a Thinker June 14 2009
By Enlightened "Maggie" - Published on Amazon.com
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It is thought provoking. We all need a little insight to all of our problems today. Call it mindfulness. We need to value character far more than appearances. This book helps you to re-focus without imposing preconditioned responses (judgement etc).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think, and think some more Nov. 28 2009
By K. Meagher - Published on Amazon.com
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This book makes you stop every 4 pages or so and ponder. It isn't a quick read. It is pretty deep from my perspective. I am a psychotherapist and pretty Buddhist in my philosophy. This combines both. I really like the book, (Also Mark Epstein's more recent, Falling to Pieces book).
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