Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology / Edition 1by Bruce W. Scotton, Allan B. Chinen, John R. Battista
Pub. Date: 04/28/1996
Publisher: Basic Books
This important new book brings together the work of top scholars and clinicians at leading universities and medical centers on the benefits and risks of transpersonal therapy. After comparing a variety of multicultural approaches-Zen Buddhism, existential phenomenology, and Christian mysticism, among many others-the book offers a wealth of information on specific disorders and the application of transpersonal psychology techniques such as visualization, breathwork, and "past lives" regression. With solid scholarship, wide scope, and accessible style, Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology will become the standard work for students, researchers, clinicians, and lay readers interested in extending psychiatry and psychology into sciences that describe the functioning of the human mind, thereby building bridges between those disciplines and spirituality.
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Because transpersonal psychology relies heavily on first hand (subjective) experience, it is extremely difficult to discuss this academically. Despite this difficulty, this book manages to explain and explore the phenomenon quite successfully. This is book covers the transpersonal experience from many different viewpoints and is an excellent resource book for research in this field. If you would like a shorter and more simple explanation of the transpersonal experience, I strongly suggest 'The Ever-Transcending Spirit' by Toru Sato. It is an absolute gem and should be read by everyone interested in transpersonal experiences!