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The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ and Other Essays

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In this classic volume available now once again, Jay Haley in the controversial title article, proposes an original interpretation of the Bible analysing Jesus actions as a man trying to build a mass movement to topple a power structure. Using wit and wry humor, Haley in the other essays discusses such topics as: what it takes to be schizophrenic; the art and technique ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Crown House Publishing (first published 1969)
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Mike Tunney
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I went to Catholic school, so Im not religious. But, THIS is the book I should have been assigned in Catholic School, instead of the awful dogma that is taught instead.

Jay Haley does the work that more authors should do I my opinion. He does without the value judgments and ideology associated with a subject people think they already know and presents it in a useful context. In this case, Haley focuses on the strategy and tactics Jesus used to form his organization and take hold of the Roman
Matt Smith
Apr 25, 2008 rated it liked it

It's essay, How to Fail Miserably as a Therapist, has been considered by many to be an important read for grad students, aspirants in this area, or any new therapist.

Not terribly engrossing stuff beyond this.

Jan 06, 2009 rated it liked it
garage sale find...I liked the cover. more of a family counseling book. most memorable moment: sticking your neck out for a slaughter often results in victory.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book's dry humor and thought-provoking essays. The Amiable Hippie was my favorite.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haley's collection - this is the 2nd edition after some time in the "out of print" realm - embraces sarcasm and humor while teaching us about such things as psychotherapy, relationships, and critical thinking. You'll wonder if you should take Haley seriously (you should) and if he can be fully trusted (he can): get through these initial thoughts and the collection reads easily.

The title track - The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ - discusses the subject's skill at organizing a group of people and
Martha Duran
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Completamente útil si te interesa la terapia breve y estratégica, a partir del tercer capítulo se centra en aspectos clínicos y terapéuticos.
James Atkison
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Ryan Holiday
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you've ever been in therapy or know someone who has, there is all sorts of great advice in here to help make the therapeutic process short, direct and goal-oriented. Which is helpful because if therapy is not those things for you, it's really not worth doing, now is it? Haley has an amazing essay called The Art of Being a Failure as a Therapist where he attempts to look at the ways therapy might not be therapy, the idea being that if something can't be falsified it isn't scientific. ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
The title essay of this book misses the mark. Haley does an excellent job of demonstrating how Jesus used human nature in his ministry. However, he suggests that Jesus miscalculated when he expelled the money changers from the temple, and this resulted in His execution. Prior to reading this book, I had taught that Jesus had two purposes in mind when he faced the money changers: to make a point about money versus religion, but also to hasten His own execution as the time was right for Him to be ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short read, though probably a bit dated. Common sense musings on the state of psychotherapy, both the industry and the profession (as they are different things).

You could get away with reading only the first two essays.
Robert Pater
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Though I read this book a long time ago, I still vividly remember 2 of the essays in it - the lead title one and "The Art of Being a Schizophrenic." I was and am still highly impressed with Jay Haley's innovative perspective and incisive perception.
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Nick Benzoni
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very insightful, about life, about people and relationships, about power and its role in relationships, and an analysis of the power tactics employed by Jesus Christ. Solidly recommend
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mostly about psychology, therapy, and psychoanalysis while the titular essay is on Jesus as a mass movement leader in the same revolutionary vein as a Lenin, Ghandi, or Martin Luther King.
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