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Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation

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Why are more and more psychotherapists embracing meditation practice, while so many Buddhists are exploring psychology? "Both psychology and Buddhism seek to provide freedom from suffering," explains Bruce Tift, "yet each offers a completely different approach for reaching this goal." In Already Free, Tift opens a fresh and provocative dialogue between these two profound ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Sounds True (first published July 28th 2011)
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Morgan Blackledge
This is an essential read for anyone interested in the intersection of Buddhist practice and western psychotherapy.

My only criticism would be that the author seems unaware of other recent developments in psychotherapy that integrate the values, goals and practices of the Buddhist traditions with those of psychotherapy e.g. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Additionally, the author seems unaware of other psychotherapy traditions that integrate the
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Thomas
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruce Tift is both a therapist and a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, and he effectively makes use of both western and eastern traditions in this fascinating and eye-opening program. The western part of it is largely diagnostic and etiological: personalities (including their attendant neuroses) are formed as a result of coping mechanisms developed from childhood, which we hold on to into adulthood when they are no longer necessary, and which sometimes cause problems and limit potential. Tift ...more
LemontreeLime
Excellent! He skillfully takes the vehicle of Buddhism into the world of emotions and psychological healing. I am very glad I took a chance and listened to this book, and hope the author will write more in the future.
Justin
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

I had a different take away than other readers so take this with a grain of salt.

As someone reasonably well read in Buddhism I didn't find much new here. That's not saying this isn't comprehensive, it is, but there are other comprehensive books out there. It also might depend on when you find this book, it usually does. I've read more than a few East meets West type books and it is easy to get burned out. This might be better for
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Emily
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting to listen to. However, if I am going to get Buddhist philosophy I would preferred to get it from Pena Chodron. This book felt a little bit too old white male centric. However, I felt that the part about relationships were particularly interesting and poignant and useful
Alessandra Rodriguez
Great book

This book allowed me to see inside me and notice my survival strategies. I got great insight and healing while I was reading it!
Mark Baller
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very much worth the time ...more
Kevin Orth
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love, love, love the intersection of psychology and Buddhism. This book has added to my immense appreciation of this genre. highly recommend.
Suzanne
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m only on page 53 and think the book could end now because I’ve already learned so many profound things!
Now on page 122 I think the addition of science explaining what happens in the brain and body when we use these valuable insights would put this book on the very top!
Leslie
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book. It is one of the most helpful "psycho-spiritual" books I've ever read. Maybe it's about timing. There's not any especially new-to-me information, but it is presented very clearly. I greatly appreciated the juxtaposition of Buddhist and western psychotherapeutic theory. I had to stop every 5 minutes or so, just to absorb bits of info and wisdom. I immediately bought the book and several additional copies to give to friends and family. I plan to start reading and probably ...more
Leif Denti
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruce Tift, som är en västerländsk psykolog, beskriver både västerländsk och österländsk psykologi för att skapa en dialog emellan dem. Jag blev positivt överraskad av denna bok, speciellt den sista tredjedelen som handlar om relationer. En värd tanke är den om beroende -> motberoende -> oberoende. Sedan gillar jag Tifts förklaring gällande buddismens idé om att bara “vara i nuet”, dvs. känna något utan att hitta förklaringen eller lösningen, för att sedan se att det inte var så farligt ...more
Maggie
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
VERY helpful insights into staying calm, staying engaged (with life and with others near and dear to us) ... combining reflections and perspectives from buddhist methods and psychology "speaks" to me

the pinpointing of "the self" remains foggy in this book as in every other volume i have read or reflected carefully on ... no material "self" found therefore no-self exists ... sorry but love and self do not HAVE material realities ... they are beyond the knowing of "what is that?" and simply is

Michelle Fury
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've almost re-read this book a second time over. Since I read it through the first time in late 2o15, I refer to it nearly weekly. Bruce's understanding of relationship, and how to use it as a mindful practice, is unparalleled.
planetkimi
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I luckily stumbled across Already Free during a time when I really needed its insights. I am profoundly grateful that this book exists, and I will be reading it again multiple times and recommending it wholeheartedly.
Carolyn
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Most excellent!

Thank you to Edelweiss and Sounds True for an e-galley!
Marita
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well organized lecture type CDs. Fascinating. He asks great questions and gives great insights into personal and interpersonal struggles. Very soothing tone.
John Badalamenti
Already Free

A life changing book about us and our human experience. A must read for anyone on the journey to true freedom.
Mary
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I have been a meditator for decades, Bruce Tift offers a unique perspective on the things that cause us suffering in daily life. The title says it all.
Megan
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The section on relationships and co-dependency is one of the better takes on the subject that I've read.
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