Over the past quarter century Irvin Yalom has established himself as the world’s leading group psychotherapist. In STARING AT THE SUN, he explores how the knowledge of our own mortality affects the unconscious mind of every human being. Tackling the effect of mankind’s fear of death – both conscious and unconscious – on life and how we might live it, Yalom explains how we find ourselves in need of the comfort of therapy. At age 70 and facing his own fear of death, which he discusses in a special afterword, Dr Yalom tackles his toughest subject yet and finds it to be the root cause of patients’ fears, stresses and depression. If therapists are to deliver ‘the gift of therapy’, they must confront the realities of life for themselves and their practice, as must we all.
Polcz Alaine - Gyermek a halál kapujában
A könyv egy kamaszfiú haldoklásának megrendítő, ugyanakkor számtalan tanulsággal szolgáló története: a súlyosan beteg gyermek küzdelme betegséggel, halállal. Átütő erejű, hiteles képet kapunk a folyamatról - olyan, mintha magunk is részesei lennénk az eseményeknek: együtt kételkedünk, reménykedünk, haragszunk és félünk Marcival és környezetével, birkózunk a halállal. A család és a szakemberek (pszichológus, orvos, ápolószemélyzet) ritkán képesek megfelelően kezelni a közelgő halál tényét: rémületük és bizonytalanságuk tovább mélyíti a gyermek félelmét. Az édesanyával például olyan váratlanul és kertelés nélkül közölték Marci diagnózisát, hogy a traumától öngyilkosságot kísérelt meg, napokig nem tudott odamenni a betegágyhoz. A fiú halála óta harminc év telt el, és a szerző azt a folyamatot is elemzi, ahogyan e hosszú idő alatt Marci elvesztését feldolgozták családjának tagjai, hiszen a halállal való szembenézés: örök.
Eckhart Tolle - Deepak Chopra - Ki kérdezi, hogy ki vagyok én?
Kivételes alkalom, hogy korunk legnagyobb spirituális mestereitől tanulhatunk: a kötethez tartozó DVD-nek köszönhetően Eckhart Tolle és Deepak Chopra első közös szereplésének lehetünk szem- és fültanúi. A közel kétórás beszélgetés során bölcs meglátásaik segítenek, hogy kilépjünk gondolataink szüntelenül zajongó körforgásából, és megtapasztaljuk a transzcendens pillanatot, amelyben felismerhetjük az egón túlmutató és a világegyetemmel egységben létező identitásunkat. Hogyan legyünk jelen a mostban? Mi a különbség a gondolatokon és a jelenléten alapuló létezés között? Hogyan fertőzheti meg a gondolat az elménket, akár a vírus? Hogyan azonosuljunk valódi önmagunkkal, nem pusztán az önmagunkról alkotott képpel? Hogyan válthatunk át a tudatosságba és hívhatjuk be a jelenlét állapotát a pillanathoz való tökéletes igazodás révén? Külön ajándék, hogy a beszélgetés végén dr. Wayne W. Dyer is csatlakozik a színpadon a két tanítóhoz. A 2015-ban elhunyt mester a mindent átható, feltétel nélküli isteni szeretetről beszél, és arról, hogyan élhetjük meg mi magunk is ezt az állapotot. Légy részese Te is e három nagyra becsült tanító felemelő találkozásának!
Ilona Ciunaite - Elena Nezhinsky - Gateless Gatecrashers
This book recounts the journeys of 21 ordinary people who dared to investigate whether the self they had always taken for real actually exists. Transcripts of 21 guided conversations record the process step by step, line by line, as each seeker sees through the illusion, and is liberated from belief in a separate self. No such resource for spiritual seekers has ever been published, nor such a large collection of awakening accounts ever been assembled. Completely accessible, totally practical and wholly transparent for all who are interested, Gateless Gatecrashers makes a unique contribution to spiritual literature, and perhaps will lead you – when you are ready - to gatecrash! Liberation Unleashed is a movement of volunteer guides who are dedicated to helping you end the spiritual search. We strive to transmit the message that separation is only a thought, that there is no entity behind the word "I", and all one needs to do is to look.
Irvin D. Yalom - A Schopenhauer-terápia
Julius Hertzfeldről, a jó nevű pszichiáterről egy rutinvizsgálaton kiderül, hogy gyors lefolyású bőrrákja van. A férfi rákényszerül, hogy szembenézzen a rideg ténnyel: hamarosan meghal. Ez arra készteti, hogy számvetést készítsen az életéről. Felkeresi egykori, szexfüggő páciensét, Philip Slate-et, akin húsz évvel korábban hiába próbált segíteni. Philip mégis gyógyultnak tekinti magát, felépülését pedig a nagy német filozófus, Arthur Schopenhauer pesszimista tanításainak tulajdonítja. Az érzelmeit kifejezni képtelen, kapcsolatfóbiás férfit Julius meghívja terápiás csoportjába. Csakhogy az idő vészesen fogy. Vajon jut-e még ideje arra, hogy valóban segítsen Philipnek? Sikerül-e megvívniuk egymással a csoport tagjainak szeretetéért és elismeréséért? Talán még nem késő. Gyönyörűen szőtt mese egy pszichoterápiás csoport utolsó évéről, megindító elmélkedés az élet alkonyáról.
Martin E. P. Seligman - Learned Optimism
Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.
Stanislav Grof - Realms of the Human Unconscious
A pioneering and revolutionary book that lays the foundation for a radical new psychology, based on an expanded cartography of the human unconsciousness. Famous for his lifelong research into psychedelic drugs, Dr. Grof constructs a comprehensive and helpful framework out of the bewildering welter of experiences triggered by LSD in patients and research subjects. Current research into the brain and ways of expanding consciousness give this seminal book new importance for the light it throws on many fundamental, but hitherto mysterious, human potentialities. Grof's theory of the human psyche transcends the personal and opens ways to a greater understanding of our inner selves.
Irvin D. Yalom - The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy
Hailed by Jerome Frank as “the best book that exists on the subject, today and for the foreseeable future,” Irvin D. Yalom’s The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy has long been the standard text in its field. Indeed, in a survey reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, it was cited as one of the ten most influential psychiatry publications of the past decade, and it was one of the very few judged to be of “seminal or lasting value.”In this completely revised and expanded fourth edition—updated to reflect the American Psychiatric Association’s latest diagnostic manual, the DSM-IV—Dr. Yalom presents the most recent developments in the field, drawing on nearly a decade of new research as well as his own broad clinical wisdom and experience. This edition features new sections on combining individual and group therapy, the latest information about brief group therapy, and how to modify group work to deal with the newly emerging homogeneous focal groups (including survivor groups), as well as updated references and new clinical vignettes drawn from the author’s recent practice.Throughout, Dr. Yalom has updated the style and content of the chapters, while retaining valid research and clinical observations. Illustrating the text are vivid cases from nearly two thousand group sessions that he has led over the past decade.The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy is an informative text that is at once scholarly and lively. This new edition is the most up-to-date, incisive, and comprehensive text on group therapy available today.
Irvin D. Yalom - A csoportpszichoterápia elmélete és gyakorlata
Hatalmas, összefoglaló kézikönyv Irvin Yalom, stanfordi pszichiáter professzor munkája a terápiás célú csoportokról, melynek prototípusa a tünetek enyhítését és a személyiség változását célul kitûzõ, egy-két évig tartó ambuláns csoport. Yalom célja szinte enciklopédikus, a téma minden lényeges vonatkozására kitér: hatótényezõk (külön kiemelve az interperszonális tanulást és a csoportkohéziót), a terapeuta feladatai, kiválasztás és a csoport összeállítása, a folyamat, teendõk a problémás páciensekkel, a speciális célú csoportok, a terapeuta-képzés szempontjai. A megállapításokat több mint 20 oldalnyi irodalmi hivatkozás támogatja.
Dina Glouberman - You Are What You Imagine
This is a practical book that guides the reader step by step from difficult times through a turning point to a new beginning. Each chapter includes a section entitled Spiritual Gym, which features imagery exercises relevant to that chapter. Dr Glouberman's website will host MP3 downloads to help guide the reader through the exercises. The content is based on a 3-step approach to new beginnings: 1. The catalyst: the life event or inner search that gets the person moving. 2. The turning point: an expansion in perspective on oneself and life. This includes an acceptance of present feelings and situations, a connection with deeper and more stable levels of oneself, and a vision of the possible futures. 3. The new beginning: accepting the vision without expecting to be “happy ever after”. The various stages of the process are illustrated through quotes and accounts from interviews with friends and colleagues, as well as prominent figures. Interviewees include Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, Gabrielle Roth, Five Rhythms creator, actor Michael York and poet and men’s movement founder Robert Bly. The book combines a chatty, approachable and humorous style with original insights of subtlety and depth, as well as state-of-the-art utilisation of imagery throughout.
Jack Canfield - Mark Victor Hansen - Chicken Soup for the Soul
Two of America's best-loved inspirational speakers share the very best of their collected stories, favorite tales that have touched the hearts of people everywhere. Canfield and Hansen bring you wit and wisdom, hope and empowerment to buoy you up through life's dark moments. Their carefully selected stories provide models for what is possible and illuminate the path we all walk. Whenever you wish to make a point, inspire a friend, or teach a child, you'll find just the right story in this heartwarming treasury.
Robert Hartzema - You Are the Weaver of Your World
In nine accessible chapters, You Are the Weaver of Your World examines the forces that stunt spiritual growth and offers strategies for countering them. Based on the author’s 15 years of operating a Tibetan Buddhist center, readers learn how to release "the two spirals"—childhood hopes and fears—and embrace their own power, reclaim the longing for life and love, a fundamental principle of human happiness, and tap into the elusive energy of the present moment. This book is a wonderful guidepost to personal growth that combines Eastern meditation with Western psychotherapy.
Swami Ajaya - Psychotherapy East and West
Psychotherapy meets spirituality in this unique work which compares the worldview and methods of the yogic sages with modem psychotherapists. In the ancient system of yoga, the sages studied the psyche scientifically, developing techniques to lead their students through mental barriers to the reality beyond the mind. Students learned through direct experience, by practicing the methods taught by their teachers. Modern psychotherapists also help the individual to know himself, but this young science only goes part of the way, each school emphasizing a different aspect of human functioning. In Psychotherapy East and West practical methods are described for helping people change and attain a higher state of consciousness. The spiritual aspects of psychotherapy are clearly explained, and yogic techniques are provided for bodywork, breathwork, working with habit patterns, self-observation, and spiritual practices such as silence. Swami Ayaja, Ph.D. is both a clinical psychologist and swami. He received his education at Wesleyan University and at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his Western training, Swami Ajaya studied yoga therapy and Vedanta philosophy with various yogis in India. He is the author of Yoga Psychology and a coauthor of Yoga and Psychotherapy.
Colin Wilson - After Life
Colin Wilson, renowned authority on the paranormal, has written more than 50 books on crime, philosophy, and the occult, including the bestsellers The Outsider and The Occult. Now he turns his talents to answer a simple question: Is there life after death? The result is the book After Life. Wilson writes, "It is not my purpose to try to convince anyone of the reality of life after death: only to draw attention to the impressive inner consistency of the evidence . . . " In other words, he doesn't tell you what to believe, he presents the facts and lets you make up your mind. Explore case studies documenting evidence for the validity of near-death experiences, reincarnation, and the survival of the soul: ·The soldier who found himself outside his earthly body ·What happens during a sŽance in a Parisian drawing room ·An apparition that delivers an amazing warning ·The psychic powers of primitive peoples ·The truth about the strange case of Bridey Murphy ·The girl who was "possessed" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ·The psychic double that went to church These are just a few of the many amazing cases that indicate something is happening. After Life also includes discoveries of paranormal activity, spirit sightings, and spirit communications. When Colin Wilson began researching this fascinating work, he was far from sure of the evidence for the survival of human consciousness after death. After examining these cases, he believes that it points unmistakably to survival. Read After Life and discover for yourself the answer to the most enduring mystery of humanity.
James Frey - My Friend Leonard
Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate. James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative-if illegal and slightly dangerous-employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish . . . but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways. My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges-displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity-without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human.
Henepola Gunaratana - Mindfulness in Plain English
With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people read, love, and give to everyone they know - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again. The subject of this book is Vipassana meditation practice. Repeat, practice. This is a meditation manual, a nuts-and-bolts, step-by-step guide to Insight meditation. It is meant to be practical. It is meant for use. There are already many comprehensive books on Buddhism as a philosophy, and on the theoretical aspects of Buddhist meditation. If you are interested in that material we urge you to read those books. Many of them are excellent. This book is a 'How to.' It is written for those who actually want to meditate and especially for those who want to start now.
Jeffrey E. Young - Janet S. Klosko - Aaron T. Beck - Reinventing Your Life
Two of America's leading psychologists, Jeffrey E. Young, Ph.D., and Janet S. Klosko, Ph.D., show readers how to free themselves from negative life patterns. Written with compassion as well as clinical insight, this thought-provoking book guides readers through the process of identifying "life traps." For example, "Do you put the needs of others before your own? Are you drawn into relationships with people who are self-centered, cold to you, misunderstand you, or use you? Do you feel inadequate compared to people around you?" Followed by an engaging discussion that makes use of case studies, this book can help people change their lives by stopping the cycle of self-destruction.
Irvin D. Yalom - Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy
The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, Yalom not only gives us a rare and enthralling glimpse into their personal desires and motivations but also tells us his own story as he struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist. Not since Freud has an author done so much to clarify what goes on between a psychotherapist and a patient.
Gary M. Yontef - Awareness Dialogue & Process
Called "the most significant addition to the body of Gestalt therapy literature in almost two decades," this collection of Yontef's writings encompasses the history and politics of Gestalt therapy, Gestalt therapy theory, field theory and the practice of Gestalt therapy including new chapters on treating people with character disorders and working with shame. Highly recommended as a training text and as a resource for graduate students and scholars.