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The Connections Paradigm: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for Modern Mental Health

The Connections Paradigm: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for Modern Mental Health

by David H. Rosmarin
The Connections Paradigm: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for Modern Mental Health

The Connections Paradigm: Ancient Jewish Wisdom for Modern Mental Health

by David H. Rosmarin


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This book introduces an approach to mental health that dates back 3,000 years to an ancient body of Jewish spiritual wisdom. Known as the Connections Paradigm, the millennia-old method has been empirically shown to alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. After being passed down from generation to generation and tested in clinical settings with private clients, it is presented here for the first time to a wide audience.
The idea behind the paradigm is that human beings, at any given moment, are either "connected" or "disconnected" across three key relationships. To be "connected" means to be in a loving, harmonious, and fulfilling relationship; to be "disconnected" means, of course, the opposite. The three relationships are those between our souls and our bodies, ourselves and others, and ourselves and God.
These relationships are hierarchal; each depends on the one that precedes it. This means that we can only connect with God to the extent that we connect with others, and we cannot connect with others if we don’t connect with ourselves. The author, Dr. David H. Rosmarin, devotes a section to each relationship, and describes techniques and practices to become a more connected individual. He also brings in compelling stories from his clinical practice to show the process in action.
Whether you're a clinician working with clients, or a person seeking the healing balm of wisdom; whether you're a member of the Jewish faith, or a person open to new spiritual perspectives, you will find this book sensible, practical, and timely, because, for all of us, connection leads to mental health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599475509
Publisher: Templeton Press
Publication date: 02/08/2021
Series: Spirituality and Mental Health
Edition description: 1
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 157,273
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital. A prolific researcher, Dr. Rosmarin has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, numerous editorials/book chapters, and over 100 abstracts. His clinical work and research have received media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Introduction to Inner Connection: Body and Soul 13

Chapter 2 Inner Connection Part I: Accepting the Soul's Guidance 35

Chapter 3 Inner Connection Part II: Loving the Body and Providing for Its Needs 51

Chapter 4 Inner Connection Part III: Expressing Needs and Raising Issues to the Soul 64

Chapter 5 Inner Connection Part IV: Tolerating the Body's Idiosyncrasies with Love and Patience 78

Chapter 6 Introduction to Interpersonal Connection 92

Chapter 7 Interpersonal Connection Part I: Three Levels of Noticing the Needs of Others 108

Chapter 8 Interpersonal Connection Part II: Providing for the Needs of Others 121

Chapter 9 Interpersonal Connection Part III: Noticing Our Disconnection from Others 135

Chapter 10 Interpersonal Connection Part IV: Remaining Connected to Others 147

Chapter 11 Introduction to Spiritual Connection 159

Chapter 12 Spiritual Connection Part I: Recognizing Our Limited Scope of Control 171

Chapter 13 Spiritual Connection Part II: Recognizing God's Order and Design in the World 188

Chapter 14 Spiritual Connection Part III: Developing a Godly Vision 202

Chapter 15 Spiritual Connection Part IV: Exerting Heroic Efforts for God 219

Conclusion 235

Acknowledgments 251

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