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Author:
Alan Watts
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978-0224005432
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022400543X
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Jonathan Cape (1971)
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Psychology & Counseling
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But Alan Watts had the advantage of writing in English, and for this reason I believe Psychotherapy East and West is THE ULTIMATE introduction . This is perhaps the most intellectually sophisticated of all Alan Watts' books.

But Alan Watts had the advantage of writing in English, and for this reason I believe Psychotherapy East and West is THE ULTIMATE introduction to psychology for the Anglo-American reader. It represents the new wave of fusion y/religious Asian cusine. No longer should all these fields be separated. Watts always prefers the "big view", the most encompassing perspectives, including a skepticism toward most all. This book is no exception.

In Psychotherapy East and West, Alan Watts compares eastern methods of liberation, specifically Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga, with modern western methods, in particular the psychotherapeutic models pioneered by Freud and Jung

In Psychotherapy East and West, Alan Watts compares eastern methods of liberation, specifically Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga, with modern western methods, in particular the psychotherapeutic models pioneered by Freud and Jung. In a complex, lucid philosophical book of 214 pages, he finds, among other things, that the very urge toward liberation is problematic, since it presumes the existence of someone (the ego) who is not already liberated

The following text consists of excerpts from Alan Watts' book, Psychotherapy East and West, selected by Heron Stone. means that part of a paragraph is missing.

The following text consists of excerpts from Alan Watts' book, Psychotherapy East and West, selected by Heron Stone. 1. Psychotherapy and Liberation 2. Society and Sanity 3. The Ways of Liberation 4. Through a Glass Darkly 5. The Counter-Game. Psychotherapy and Liberation. If we look deeply into such ways of life as Buddhism and Taoism, Vedanta and Yoga, we do not find either philosophy or religion as these are understood in the West.

Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western (Freudian/Jungian) psychotherapy and Eastern spiritual philosophies. He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans.

Psychotherapy, East and West. Psychotherapy, East and West. by. Watts, Alan, 1915-1973.

Psychotherapy East & West. Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1961 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western psychotherapy and the Eastern spiritual philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga.

Psychotherapy East & West - Alan Watts

Psychotherapy East & West - Alan Watts. The subject of this book has been in the air for at least thirty years, and during this time there has been an ever-growing discussion of this or that parallel between Western psychotherapy and Eastern philosophy. Even though the discussion of this interchange between East and West has so largely been carried on by those who follow the latter trend, I cannot help feeling that it is becoming more and more of a backwater in the development of Western psychiatry, despite the debt which we shall always owe to Freud.

During his lifetime, Alan Watts wrote 25 books on the topics of philosophy, the psychology of. .1961 - Psychotherapy East and West.

During his lifetime, Alan Watts wrote 25 books on the topics of philosophy, the psychology of religion, and mystical experience. He also wrote more than a dozen booklets, and contributed chapters to a plethora of books. Since his passing in 1973, nearly 40 additional books have been published to date, including writings from his early years and works derived from his numerous lectures. 1962 - The Joyous Cosmology: Adventures in the Chemistry of Consciousness.

Alan Watts' book Psychotherapy East & West was first published by Pantheon in 1961.

What is the common ground between Western psychiatry and Eastern philosophy, and what has each to learn from the other? Alan Watts found a common principle that, intentionally or otherwise, seems to be used wherever therapy is trying to overcome man's false sense of himself as an isolated ego -- an ego that traps him in a perpetual flight from death and loneliness. In varying ways and degrees, both Eastern philosophy and Western psychotherapy engage the individual in experiments that vividly reveal the fallacy of this conception and give him a new feeling of identity.
  • Vastly underrated and tragically out of print, _Psychotherapy East and West_ is Alan Watts' greatest work, and is one of the greatest works of psychology/philosophy of the twentieth century written in English. This book is also an ideal introductory course to the psychology of Carl G. Jung. Anyone who wants to read Jung should read this first (even though it came later) because it encompasses all of Jungs key concepts in an ultra-concentrated yet remarkably readable form. That is not to say that Jung is unreadable, because he most certainly is a great, easily translatable writer. But Alan Watts had the advantage of writing in English, and for this reason I believe _Psychotherapy East and West_ is THE ULTIMATE introduction to psychology for the Anglo-American reader. It represents the new wave of fusion psychology/philosophy/religious Asian cusine. No longer should all these fields be separated. Alan Watts and Carl Jung together have succeeded in combining the fields of psychology, philosophy, theology, and anthropological mythology. This is the new wave of generalized spiritual enlightenment which is also unbiased, critical, sceptical and truthful. It has spawned such other great authors as Julian Jaynes and Terrance McKenna. The best thing about this new kind of psychotherapy is that it is not cold and pretentious with regard to religion, but is tolerant and advocating of any type of belief system which enhances people's well being and mental health. Because it is nevertheless rigorous in uncovering the truth, it resembles Eastern Buddhism. Keep in mind that Buddhism makes no firm and unverifiable claims regarding the existence of God or an afterlife; it is simply a stategy for living one's life in the most enjoyable way possible, and _Psychotherapy East and West_ does an excellent job in making this way of life accessable to Americans. This book is the ultimate alliance of belief, spirtuality, psychotherapy, and mental well-being on the one hand, and truthful, critical philosophy on the other. It does not wish to insulate people from spiritual crises and keep them suspended in naive belief, but introduces us to a new wave of spiritualism that is hardened by scepticism and impervious to doubt. While some philosophy might pride itself on debunking unverifiable beliefs, it does not provide a solution to man's broken and neurotic psychological condition due to his lost spirituality. _Psychotherapy East and West_, on the other hand, is respective of truth, critical and sceptical, yet provides firm answers as to how we can avoid the neuroses and depression that might result from an upending of our spiritual beliefs. Unconditionally recommended. One of my top five books of all time, of any genre.

  • This is perhaps the most intellectually sophisticated of all Alan Watts' books. Watts always prefers the "big view", the most encompassing perspectives, including a skepticism toward most all. This book is no exception. Should be required reading for psychologists...and philosophers. It's a gem.

  • the book was in good shape, old but still readable, it had some notes in it, nothing which got in the way of reading it.
    thank you

  • Alan Wilson Watts (1915-1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as a populariser of Eastern philosophy. He and his then-wife left England for America in 1938 on the eve of WWII, and he became an Episcopal priest---but he left the priesthood in 1950 and moved to California, where he became a cult figure in the Beat movement of the 1950s and later. He wrote many popular books, such as The Spirit of Zen,The Way of Zen,Nature, Man and Woman,This Is It,The Two Hands of God,Beyond Theology,The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are,Does It Matter?,Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown,Tao: The Watercourse Way, and his autobiography, In My Own Way.

    He wrote in the Preface to this 1961 book, "The subject of this book has been 'in the air' for at least thirty years... thus far no one has attempted, comprehensively, to find some basic design common to the methods and objectives of psychotherapy, on the one hand, and the disciplines of Buddhism, Vedanta, Yoga, and Taoism, on the other... I do not believe that the Eastern disciplines are the last word in sacrosanct and immemorial wisdom such that the world must come and sit humbly at the feet of their masters... The aim of this book is ... to provoke thought and experiment." (Pg. ix-xi)

    He says, "People who KNOW, for whom it is a fact, that they are egos... can be shown that their facts are wrong by being persuaded to act consistently upon them... if you know that you are an independent agent, do something quite independently, be deliberately spontaneous, and show me this agent." (Pg. 55) He adds, "the realization that the ego agent, apart from the act or the choice, is a fiction is equivalent to the feeling that all actions of which you are aware are your own." (Pg. 80)

    He observes, "Blocking is not thinking a problem out; it is STOPPING to think... Blocking is thus the typical response to a double-bind, and in the ordinary course of life it the brief hesitation before thought or action which we confuse with an actual sensation of the ego. It is the feedback process, say, the cortex, trying to get feedback about itself and going blank because it is unable to do so. Thus part of the Zen master's game is to do everything possible to make the student block, until he ceases to care whether he blocks of not." (Pg. 156)

    He argues, "But because language is dualistic or relational, any affirmation or denial whatsoever can have meaning only in relation to its opposite. Every statement, every definition , sets up a boundary or limit; it classifies something, and thus it can always be shown that is what is inside the boundary must coexist with what is outside. Even the idea of the boundless is meaningless without the contrast of the bounded." (Pg. 160)

    I am very fond of most of Watts' books; this one, however, I found less 'successful' than most of his other books. But if you like Watts, there will certainly be much in this book for you to enjoy...

  • If the words "philosophy" and "intellectual" have any negative connotations to you, you might not like this book.