The Art of Flourishing
The Good Life
Psychotherapy and Buddhism:Toward an Integration
A Psychoanalysis for Our Time:Exploring the Blindness of the Seeing I
are two things I wanted to do: I wanted to show the things
that had to be corrected; I wanted to show the things that
had to be appreciated" (Lewis W. Hine)
Psychoanalytic Reflections on love, ethics, creativity and spirituality.
The quest to live a good life -- with awareness and creativity, passion and wisdom -- has been a central concern of the worlds great philosophers, psychologists and spiritual teachers.
The Good Life, I demonstrate how psychoanalysis can make
a profound contribution to this topic. Psychoanalysts have traditionally
been expert at uncovering what afflicts and damages people. But
by focusing on narcissism and perversions, depression and sadism,
psychoanalysis has all too often disregarded what nourishes and
sustains us. Drawing on a neglected, but potent aspect of psychoanalysis
-- its capacity to illuminate a psychology of health as well as
illness -- The Good Life demonstrates that at its best psychoanalysis
can highlight the ingredients of love, ethics, creativity, and
spirituality, as well as the obstacles to experiencing them. In
this way, it can serve as an indispensable resource for helping
us live with greater meaning and vitality.
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Toward an Integration
Psychotherapy and Buddhism is a controversial and ground-breaking examination of two of the most powerful methods of achieving self - understanding and inner peace
Unique aspects of the book include:
and Buddhism not only offers a novel critique of psychoanalysis
and Buddhism, it also presents a new way of integrating these
two traditions so that their profound insights about the art
of living emerge. This provocative and accessible work is
an exceptional resource for anyone involved in self-inquiry
and personal understanding, including mental health professionals
and clients, spiritual seekers, scholars and students of psychology,
religion, anthropology and cross-cultural studies, and the
Psychoanalysis is not a relic of a bygone age, rather it has a profound relevance for our troubled time. Deftly steering a balanced course between Freud's virulent attackers and his loyalist defenders, Rubin discerns both blind spots and hidden strengths in psychoanalysis.
Along the way, he reveals its covert authoritarianism, Byzantine politics, censorship of of dissident thinkers, residual sexism, and overly simplistic accounts of self.
Not only does Rubin cogently critique the flaws of psychoanalysis, he offers a visionary approach for its renewal, based on cultivating a greater historical, theoretical, and methodological self-awareness within psychoanalysis. Drawing on a vast array of intellectual tools and disciplines, including history, deconstuctionism, feminism, anthropology, Eastern meditative disciplines, and psychoanalysis itself, he portrays a psychoanalysis that is self-reflective and nonauthoritarian, pluralistic and emancipatory.
Encyclopedic in scope, integrative in spirit, A Psychoanalysis for Our Time is a brilliant and landmark work, whose accessibility makes it an exceptional resource for psychoanalysts and other mental health professionals, scholars and students in the humanities and social sciences, and the general reader.
Praise for the Book
beautifully written and visionary book points the way toward
a posthumanistic psychoanalysis characterized by self-reflectiveness,
diversity, and an enormous emancipatory potential. A Psychoanalysis
for Our Time is a breath of fresh air for all who are
interested in the revitalization of contemporary psychoanalysis.
An insightful, provocative and accessible book that will be
of interest to a very wide audience. Rubin has a keen appreciation
of both the insights and contributions of psychoanalysis,
along with its many limitations and failures. Both trends
are traced to the split in Freud: what he could see and not
see in himself, particularly his intensely ambivalent relationship
with his mother. Rubin follows these trends through psychoanalysis,
with illuminating discussions of Sandor Ferenczi, D.W. Winnicott,
Heinz Kohut, and the issues of creativity versus institutionalized
rigidity- and freedom versus authority- as these have played
themselves out in the history of psychoanalysis. The reader
comes away with a deeply enriched appreciation of both the
field and a number of its key contributors."
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