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Published 1961 by W.W. Norton
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St Fu
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are rational things to say about Zen, a method of consciousness transformation that eschews the rational, but you're not going to get to them by insisting that irrationality is ipso facto a bad thing. If you want to understand how rationality imprisons you, the koan you should look at is "show me your original face." You weren't originally rational but now it's hard to be otherwise, though it's less about rationality, ultimately and more about convention and pattern and fear of change.

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I do love Becker, so I am biased :) I think it's definitely worth knowing this view on psychotherapy and Zen that he is promoting, both thinking of the period when it was written and even of the contemporary situation, and besides I love his style of writing: clever, witty and just sparkling.
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Dr. Ernest Becker was a cultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scientific thinker and writer.

Becker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts to Jewish immigrant parents. After completing military service, in which he served in the infantry and helped to liberate a Nazi concentration camp, he attended Syracuse University in New York. Upon graduation he joined the US Embassy in Paris as an admi
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