The Druid of Harley Street: The Spiritual Psychology of E. Graham Howe

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In early 20th-century Britain, interest in psychoanalysis was high, leading to the formation of the famous Tavistock Clinic in 1920. E. Graham Howe was one of the clinic’s founders and the first to publish articles on psychotherapy. At the same time, he was attacked by the “scientific” psychiatry and psychoanalysis communities because he took concepts derived from spiritual practice and existential phenomenology and applied them to an ...

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Overview

In early 20th-century Britain, interest in psychoanalysis was high, leading to the formation of the famous Tavistock Clinic in 1920. E. Graham Howe was one of the clinic’s founders and the first to publish articles on psychotherapy. At the same time, he was attacked by the “scientific” psychiatry and psychoanalysis communities because he took concepts derived from spiritual practice and existential phenomenology and applied them to an understanding of psychotherapy.
 
Howe’s writings included more than a dozen books and countless articles on a broad range of subjects from schizophrenia to Asian spiritual practices. Through these works he exerted a profound influence on intellectuals such as R. D. Laing, Alan Watts, and Henry Miller, to name a few. Howe also wrote in a simple and clear style, making his work accessible to the general public. The Druid of Harley Street samples the best of his essays, offering timely insights for followers of Jung, Roberto Assagioli, and Mark Epstein; students of somatic therapies; and spiritual and meditation practitioners. The book also offers a fascinating glimpse of a great mind, the notable people in his life, and the heady times in which he lived.

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"An extraordinary labor of love that finally makes the teachings of E. Graham Howe brilliantly available to a wide audience ... This book is destined to become a classic." — M. Guy Thompson, Ph.D, author of The Ethic of Honesty: The Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis

"This is a remarkable book. I know of no other work that so intelligently embraces and illuminates the complexities of the ego-Self relationship." — Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Ph.D., author of Narcissism and Character Transformation: The Psychology of Narcissistic Character Disorders

"An exciting, challenging work that helps us look beyond our smaller attitudes and seek a broader, fuller path. Uplifting and therapeutic." — Michael Eigen, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at New York University and Editor Emeritus of The Psychoanalytic Review

"This book is a tour de force that under one cover includes selections from all of Howe’s writings. Howe illuminates the causes of human suffering by using the language of psychoanalysis to help us understand the mystery of human experience. It is a wonderful book for  both psychotherapists and the general reader to gain greater understanding of what it means to be human." — John M. Heaton, M.D., author of The Talking Cure: Wittgenstein's Therapeutic Method for Psychotherapy

"... Because psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry came of age in a secularized world, these are typically regarded as a matter unto themselves, both generated and cured without reference to our spiritual nature. In this landmark and vitally necessary book, the great English psychiatrist E. Graham Howe not only disproves that presumption but provides us with our era’s first truly esoteric and integral psychology. Graciously written, profoundly wise, The Druid of Harley Street is itself an instructive, healing, and liberating meditation that should be in the hands of every psychotherapist—and by the bedsides of the rest of us." — Andrew Harvey, author of A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

"Among the pathfinders of modern psychology, E. Graham Howe was unique in recognizing that, in addition to being the highest biological life form on Earth, human beings are also manifestations of an immanent and omnipresent creative principle, or spirit.  Whether discussing relationship or neurosis or schizophrenia or therapy, Howe never lets us forget that the integration of our dual nature is the necessary means and ultimate goal of the growth process. William Stranger's lucid introduction and deft editing afford us an in-depth and most satisfying look at the work of this profound visionary." — Gabor Maté M.D., author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556437748
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 1,437,464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Graham Howe was born in England in 1896. His books include Motives and Mechanisms of the Mind, Morality and Reality, The Open Way, and The Triumphant Spirit. A commissioned BBC radio lecturer during World War II, he died in 1975. Editor William Stranger lives in Cobb, CA.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures vii

Foreword M. Guy Thompson viii

Introduction: E. Graham Howe's Psychology of Incarnation William Stranger 1

E. Graham Howe: A Brief Biography William Stranger 27

Prologue: An Experiment 37

Part I Relationship-The Meeting Between Heaven and Earth 39

Chapter 1 What Is Reality? 41

Chapter 2 The Selves 67

Chapter 3 Incarnation 75

Chapter 4 What Is Relationship? 97

Chapter 5 Relationship, Touch, and Meditation 109

Part II The Anatomy of Incarnation 115

Chapter 6 The War of Nerves 117

Chapter 7 The Holy Mountain 159

Chapter 8 The Psychic Compass 171

Chapter 9 The Wheel and the Road 195

Chapter 10 Anatomy of the Invisible 211

Part III Separating the Opposites 221

Chapter 11 Yes and No 223

Chapter 12 Anxiety 227

Chapter 13 Instinct and Intuition 235

Chapter 14 Feeling and Emotion 243

Chapter 15 Aggressiveness 249

Chapter 16 Repression 257

Chapter 17 Willpower 261

Part IV The Holy Family 273

Chapter 18 In the Beginning,… CONSCIOUSNESS 275

Chapter 19 Sex: A Problem of Relationship 281

Chapter 20 This Woman Business 291

Chapter 21 Where Has Father Gone? 305

Chapter 22 Marriage 309

Chapter 23 The Meaning of Time: Time, Tide, and Rhythm 315

Part V Patterns of Avoidance 331

Chapter 24 Hysteria: The Great Reversal 333

Chapter 25 The Spoiled Child 379

Chapter 26 The Inferiority Complex 407

Chapter 27 Compulsion Neurosis 441

Chapter 28 Depression 487

Chapter 29 Hysteric or Schizoid? 523

Chapter 30 Schizophrenia 543

Part VI The Therapeutic Process 549

Chapter 31 What Does THAT Mean for Psychiatry? 551

Chapter 32 What Is the Therapeutic Process? 561

Chapter 33 What Makes a Good Therapist? 569

Part VII The Way of the Spirit 573

Chapter 34 The Meaning of Growth 575

Chapter 35 The Spirit 579

Epilogue: Make the Bells Ring 603

Endnotes 605

Editor's Acknowledgements 607

Index 609

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