The Danish version I have of this book is a translation from what I presume is two chapters of this book (that it refers to), "the origins and signifThe Danish version I have of this book is a translation from what I presume is two chapters of this book (that it refers to), "the origins and significance of the Existential Movement in Psychology" and "contributions of Existential Psychotherapy" - which is why I've only 'partly read' this. But I LOVED what I read! It is very much in line with my own thinking on existence as well as psychotherapy....more
I like Brinkmann. I've heard him speak/teach/lecture several times and I love his way of teaching, and his ironic yet relevant critiques of our societI like Brinkmann. I've heard him speak/teach/lecture several times and I love his way of teaching, and his ironic yet relevant critiques of our society. But that doesn't mean I always agree with him. Or that I liked this book very much.
On an overall scale I agree with Brinkmann that our society is running too fast, trying to do too much, makes too many demands on the individuals (self-improvement, flexibility some of these), and in the process we've lost touch with some important values and created new problems and illnesses for ourselves. So far so good. But how did it happen and what to do about it? This is where Brinkmann and I have different perspectives, some of them overlapping (just to add to the confusion). His format of a '7-step guide' as an openly admitted attempt of showing the absurdities of society in its 'own language' so to speak, doesn't really work for me (even if it certainly has made headlines and created heated debate!). I get the point, I just feel like it misses. Brinkmann's at his best, in my humble opinion, when he's actively critiquing society, holding up the mirror of the consequences of our way of life. But his 'solutions', are rather useless. He puts all (too much, in my opinion) his emphasis on blaming self-help individualism and thereby leaves out a lot of other contributing factors and stronger forces at play. And his suggestions of just doing the opposite of what society today often expects and advocates, even if an ironic way to try to prove a point, are also oversimplifying and misses the mark. His critique of society in itself is liberating and serves in making us reflect on whether and how much we want to participate in that and it would be enough to include in that critique a reminder that its okay to say no and to stand our ground.
And I certainly don't agree with brinkmann that looking inwards is a bad place to look - to see and be conscious of what's going on in there (as much as it might change), and to have the courage to make choices between your differing and often opposing impulses and values and follow what you find to be the most true and best way for you (which is not the same as following every impulse). I think it's important that we develop the skills to reflect, discern and be conscious of ourselves, our society and the dynamic relationship we have on one another. I think there are an endless amount of interesting questions we can ask and wonder about those.
Oh, and I was bored out of my mind on the history lessons on stoicism in the end. Yawn. A quote here and there where it fits the argument, fine, but don't overdo it please. ...more
I felt like this book gave me a new and more enlightened perspective on some of the differences between people, and why it's sometimes so difficult foI felt like this book gave me a new and more enlightened perspective on some of the differences between people, and why it's sometimes so difficult for us to understand each other. There are subtle, but deeply ingrained differences in how we're wired and our cosmic backgrounds that affect our trajectories and focuses and abilities. And I really needed that perspective. Because I have spent much time agonizing over and failing to understand how some people value materialism so much and value earth and its inhabitants so little. Why we hurt each other so much. And this book added and deepened that perspective and understanding and brought back some hope and trust and peace of mind. These differences are part of our learning and growing. It was good to be reminded of that and looking at it from a cosmic- spiritual- humananesqe view....more
This book started out good, very 'on' to the difficulties and challenges of the demands of everyday life and the inner, living spiritual life. But theThis book started out good, very 'on' to the difficulties and challenges of the demands of everyday life and the inner, living spiritual life. But then, about a third or so in, it turned repetitive and lofty and felt to me, a bit disconnected from everyday life, very contrary to its point. And from that point on me and the book just weren't in sync, unfortunately. ...more
Another Birgit Klein book, another great experience and connection with my spiritual self and the vast, Godlike energy and the sublter, invisible butAnother Birgit Klein book, another great experience and connection with my spiritual self and the vast, Godlike energy and the sublter, invisible but none the less real side to life. I have fallen in love with another book, and I want to carry it around with me everywhere and to just keep it close to my heart, look at it and flip through the pages. It pierced my soul and I just feel so grateful that this was written, that i got to read it, and that i even get to own my very own copy of this book. Whule reading it I both wanted it to last longer, savour it all, and at the same time couldnt really stop myself from wanting to read more, and more, so it was a rather quick read, which is why im even happier to have it sitting on my bookshelf (if its not in my pocket or on my night stand), where i can read it whenever I want.
What was so amazing about it? Hard to explain, because it was more than just what was in the book, it was also the flow and the deep connection i felt, with what was carried through the book, triggered and opened up in me, to the energy inside and all around me. It felt like pulling up the blinds and opening the window and seeing, feeling and interacting with the light, the fresh air, the promise of a new day with the inside and outside world connecting, coming into one, me in the midst of all of it.
bonus info: this book is one of the few of birgits books that are translated into english. It is titled 'I am oneness'....more
I didn't connect with this book as I thought I might. I liked it, but I felt there was sone sort of 'distance' between me and the book, and the voiceI didn't connect with this book as I thought I might. I liked it, but I felt there was sone sort of 'distance' between me and the book, and the voice of the author. Maybe it was because it was directed to Vanessa, and that gave me a feeling of being the onlooker to two peoples conversation, more than being part of it myself. Because the subject, the topic, I felt was interesting, even though I'd like to explore that too, deeper and much more up close and involved. I liked the interludes of practices and the examples and references to research and studies. All in all an okay book but not one that blew me away....more
I believe in the power of gratitude and the law of attraction, which is what compelled me to pick up this book. And I liked the idea of writing handwrI believe in the power of gratitude and the law of attraction, which is what compelled me to pick up this book. And I liked the idea of writing handwritten thank you notes to people. Maybe something I'll add to my own practice of gratitude. Other than that I didn't really find anything in this book of much interest, and nothing that really captivated me....more
This book approached shame from a very distanced and scholarly point with the cases in the end described in a very objectified and judged manner, butThis book approached shame from a very distanced and scholarly point with the cases in the end described in a very objectified and judged manner, but even so, throughout the book it was repeated again and again how genuine moments of meeting and seeing people is what can help bring heal debilitating shame. It just didn't add up and I didn't get a caring, authentic feel from the author, but was bored on a subject that I normally find very intriguing and important. But this book offered up nothing that I could learn from it that could inspire or that even felt real or raw in any way.
So on this topic I would certainly recommend different authors and books....more