PSYCHOTHERAPY EAST AND WEST by Alan W. Watts

PSYCHOTHERAPY EAST AND WEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the outstanding experts on Asian philosophy purposes to provoke some fruitful thought and experiment by describing what he feels to be the most productive way in which Western Psychotherapy and the disciplines of Buddhism, Vedanta, Yoga, and Taoism ""can fertilize one another"". Influenced strongly by the so-called ""meta-Freudians"" (as opposed to the "") such as Norman Brown (author of the widely acclaimed historical study Late Against Death) as well as Jung and the Gestait psychologists, Watts compares these major forces. In the cultures of East and West on the basis that ""psychotherapy and the ways of liberation have two interests in common: first, the transformation of consciousness, of the inner feeling of one's own existence; and second, the release of the individual from forms of conditioning imposed upon him by social institutions."" This is a well- provocative, and thoroughly documented study worthy of very serious consideration by those who are well versed in an authentic background of psychology and psychotherapy.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1961
Publisher: Pantheon