by Caroline Brazier - £10.99 Constable and Robinson (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781841197333 | ISBN 10: 1841197335
Western therapeutic approaches have tended to lay great emphasis on the individual building up her or his own self-esteem and enhancing a positive sense of self - they encourage looking inward rather than out. Caroline Brazier, a practicing psychotherapist and committed Buddhist, believes it is time to challenge the value of this approach.
Most of us protect ourselves against being fully alive. Fearing loss and pain, we escape by withdrawing from experiences and distracting ourselves with amusements. We fall into habitual ways of acting and limit ourselves to the familiar. We create an identity which we think of as a 'self', and in so doing imprison our life-energy.
Over 2500 years Buddhism has developed an understanding of such delusions. It reveals how the mind clings to false perceptions and tries to create permanence out of an ever changing world. This liberating book shows the practical relevance of Buddhist teachings on psychology to our everyday experience. By letting go of our attachment to self, we open ourselves to full engagement with life and with others. We step out of our self-made prison.
Challenging yet accesible, this revelatory book will appeal to both scholars and the general reader.
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