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What is the relationship between Buddhism and psychology? Can both help a suffering individual? Epstein, a Buddhist as well as a psychiatrist, bridges the gap with a thorough discourse covering meditation and its limitations, narcissism, and the ego, among other issues. In truth, the book is an autobiographical journey based on the author's personal experience and professional expertise, backed up by solid research findings from Buddhist scholars and well-known psychologists. The Buddhist view of emotional life is pondered, as is the psychoanalytic view of mystical experience through Sigmund Freud's eyes. The last section covers the work of British psychologist D.W. Winnicott in joining the two disciplines for daily use through the world of art. Intriguing insights include that the ego rightfully exists and that we have manyfalse selves. The passage on "unintegration," however, may prove difficult to grasp. Ultimately, the author finds that both Buddhism and psychology can foster the willingness to be fully alive through accepting the unknown in ourselves. What is key is how in touch we are with what we are internalizing, even in our confusion. Recommended for larger psychology/religion sections of academic libraries.