HAPPINESS: The TM Program, Psychiatry and Enlightenment by

HAPPINESS: The TM Program, Psychiatry and Enlightenment

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Whether or not one believes that Transcendental Meditation can change one's life, there are two things that must be said about this second book by the author of TM: 1) It is unbelievably boring and uninformative; 2) It will probably sell like hotcakes. What this is, really, is a 276-page sales-pitch--don't go to imitators, come to us--for the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's course, by a psychiatrist whose business interests seem to be inextricably bound to The Master's. The Maharishi wrote the introduction, thereby sanctifying the work as official. First, the authors inform us that it's impossible to describe the method in the book, so they won't try. If you read further, you'll find that they were right. What they give us is their inflated idea of how the method is ""Changing the course of history""; in fact, TM means to happiness what ""the polio vaccine has meant for polio."" Don't wait to learn the reason why. It never comes. Sentences like ""Laboratory studies have shown that the TM program improves reaction time and ability to perform complex perceptual-motor tasks"" fizzle in the follow-up: ""Quarterback Joe Namath, allstar shortstop Larry Bowa, and slugger Willie Stargell--all TMers--test the impact of the TM technique on perceptual-motor performance every time they compete."" Yeah. So?

Pub Date: June 1st, 1976
Publisher: Dawn Press/Simon & Schuster