Integral Psychologyby Ken Wilber
The goal of an "integral psychology" is to honor and embrace every legitimate aspect of human consciousness under one roof. This book presents one of the first truly integrative models of consciousness, psychology, and therapy. Drawing on hundreds of sources—Eastern and Western, ancient and modern—Wilber creates a psychological model that includes waves of development, streams of development, states of consciousness, and the self, and follows the course of each from subconscious to self-conscious to superconscious. Included in the book are charts correlating over a hundred psychological and spiritual schools from around the world, including Kabbalah, Vedanta, Plotinus, Teresa of Ávila, Aurobindo, Theosophy, and modern theorists such as Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Jane Loevinger, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, Erich Neumann, and Jean Gebser. Integral Psychology is Wilber's most ambitious psychological system to date and is already being called a landmark study in human development.
"One of the most important thinkers of our age, and certainly the leading authority in the field of transpersonal psychology . . . The scope of his scholarship and of his understanding of the psychological development of the individual from early body awareness to the higher (and ultimately non-dual) experiential levels is quite simply breathtaking."—The Middle Way
"The first truly comprehensive map of the human mind."—Larry Dossey, author of Be Careful What You Pray For . . . You Just Might Get It
"Ken Wilber is a national treasure. No one is working at the integration of Eastern and Western wisdom literature with such depth or breadth of mind and heart as he."—Robert Kegan, Professor of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and author of In Over Our Heads
"In ages to come, historians may well view Wilber's work as the pivotal insight that legitimized the return of consciousness and spirit to our age. For this exciting page-turner, psychology owes him a millennial debt."—T. George Harris, founding editor, Psychology Today and American Health
"In a single publication Wilber strides over the entire history of psychology to create new and comprehensive strategies for human survival in the next millennium."—Don Beck, coauthor of Spiral Dyanmics
"Integral Psychology is so all-encompassing, lucid, and well written that Ken Wilber deserves the recognition of having single-mindedly brought conceptual order to psychology of the East and West."—Susanne Cook-Greuter, coeditor of Transcendence and Mature Thought in Adulthood
Meet the Author
Ken Wilber is the author of over twenty books. He is the founder of Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying integral theory and practice, with outreach through local and online communities such as Integral Education Network, Integral Training, and Integral Spiritual Center.
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Ken Wilber, the master of integration, attempts to integrate many theories in the diverse field of psychology, philosophy, and spirituality in this book. It is full of very interesting ideas and isights. Even if you do not agree with some of his ideas, it is very interesting and worth contemplating. Another book I would highly recommend on this topic is 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It is a little more readable and also a tremendous attempt at integrating these types of theories. Both books should be on your must read list if you are interested in the intersection between psychology, philosophy, and spirituality.
This book introduces us to a very interesting integration of theories in Psychology and Philosophy. By putting a large variety of well-known theories together, the author explains how the spirit unfolds as we develop and evolve as living organisms. Although other people have tried this type of thing before, Wilber may be one of the best in the business. The only other thinker who is truly fantastic at this sort of thing is Toru Sato. His book 'The Ever-transcending Spirit' is so good it is just unbelieveable! Read it and you'll know what I'm talking about.