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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart: a Buddhist perspective on wholeness
For decades, Western Psychology has promised fulfilment through building and strengthening the ego. The ideal has been to establish a strong sense of self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way. Epstein shows us that happiness doesn't come from acquiring this solid self. Instead he demonstrates, through moving case studies and reflections, how the only route to true happiness is letting go.
Weaving together the wisdom of two worlds – Buddhism and Western psychotherapy – Epstein encourages us to relax our ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control. Highly personal and engaging, Going To Pieces Without Falling Apart, shows us the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life.
Mark Epstein is a psychiatrist in private practice and the author of Thoughts Without A Thinker. He is a contributing editor to Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at New York University.
"Going To Pieces Without Falling Apart is a daring and profound synthesis of intelligence and emotions East and West. This provocative blend establishes Mark Epstein as one of psychology's most dazzling thinkers."
DANIEL GOLEMAN, author of Emotional Intelligence.
"This book is full of words to live by, emotional states to strive for."