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Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy
Brilliant Sanity is a rare feat. This engaging and informative book is sure to become essential for psychotherapy scholars, acceptance and mindfulness researchers, and clinicians alike. This is one not to be missed.--Doug Mennin, Ph.D., Yale University.
Paperback, 390 pages
Published March 3rd 2008 by Universities of the Rockies Press
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I read this book many times, again and again to grasp its' depth. Every time there was something new to discover. In this moment this truth from the book speaks to me: "If instead, through psychoanalysis or Buddhist meditation, we become more acclimated to and familiar with our own immediate state of disappointment, several things may become possible....we could learn to accept and appreciate ourselves for who we are: neurosis, defenses and all. We might be able to tolerate anxiety and intense ...more
As a Buddhist practitioner for over a decade, and a psychologist in training, I was disappointed about the direction of this book. It's overall focus was on one (useful albeit dated) psychological orientation, psychoanalysis. Also, it's overall focus was on one school of Buddhist/psychology model of training by Shambhala. The topic of how Buddhism and psychology might be integrated is broad and holds a lot of promise, but I found this book TOO specific and lacking in a useful discussion. Rather ...more