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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

"There 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)

The Art of Flourishing


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The Good Life

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 world’s great philosophers, psychologists and spiritual teachers.

In 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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Psychotherapy and Buddhism:

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:

  • Why psychotherapy and Buddhism by themselves are insufficient to address the malaise that haunts us ?
  • The historical and sociological background and world views of each discipline and their relevance in our age.
  • How the self that psychoanalysis strengthens is an egocentric mode of being contributing to the emptiness and alienation that therapy purports to address
  • How Buddhism's view of human life fosters an evasion of subjectivity that generates the very self-blindness and narcissism that its practices supposedly diminish.
  • How the psychoanalytic model of health can be seen as an arrested state of development that limits the multidimensional nature of human experience; and why the Buddhist model of wellness-enlightenment is an unreachable ideal that promotes self alienation and corruption.
  • How psychoanalysis and Buddhism can be integrated so that their unique strengths and emancipatory potential will be realized.

Psychotherapy 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 general reader.
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A Psychoanalysis for Our Time:
Exploring the Blindness of the Seeing I

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

"This 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. "
Robert D. Stolorow,  coauthor of Working Intersubjectively

" 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."
Louis Breger, Founding President, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis
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Articles and Reviews

"Deepening Psychoanalytic Listening: The Marriage of East and West." In: Principles of
Multicultural Counseling and Therapy, Eds. Uwe Gielen  & Jefferson Fish. NY:
Routledge, 2008, pp. 373-389.

"Psychoanalysis and Spirituality". In: Psychoanalysis and Religion in the 21st Century,
Ed. David M. Black. London & NY: Routledge, 2006, pp. 132-149.

"Stand Back from the Rope,"
O, Oprah Magazine, March 2005

"Hang Up the Gloves," O, Oprah Magazine, August 2004

"Stand Back from the Rope." In: Live Your Best Life: A Treasury of Wit, Wisdom, Advice,
Interviews, and Inspiration from O, The Oprah Magazine. Oxmoor House, pp. 191-193.

"Spirituality and the Self" J. Religion and Health, 43:3: 217-220, 2004.

"Psychoanalysis and Buddhism." In: U.Gielen, J. Fish and J. Draguns (Eds.), Handbook of
Culture, Therapy, and Healing. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, pp.
253-276, 2004.

"Psychoanalysis after Postmodernism": Review of Jung and the Postmodern: The Interpretation
of Realities. Quadrant: Journal of the C. G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology,
33: 1: 88-95, 2004.

"The Well-Lived Life: Psychoanalytic and Buddhist Contributions." In: Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: An Unfolding Dialogue, ed. Jeremy Safran. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2003.

"Close Encounters of a New Kind: Reflections on Psychoanalysis and Buddhism." In: Encountering Buddhism: Western Psychology and Buddhist Teachings, ed. Seth Segal. NY: SUNY Press, 2003.

"Social and Psychological Uses of the Internet." In: Deciphering Cyberspace, L. Shyles (Ed.),
Thousand Oaks: CA, 2003, pp. 201-219.

"Psychoanalysis and Creative Living." J. of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. 31: 2:
361-380, 2003.

Review of Michael Eigen's Ecstasy. Psychoanalytic Review. 90: 2: 261-265, 2003.

Review of Harold Coward's Yoga and Psychology: Language, Memory, and Mysticism. J. Religion and Health. Forthcoming.

"Reflections on Values in Psychoanalysis." In: A. Molino & C. Ware, (eds), Where Id Was:
Challenging Normalization in Psychoanalysis. London: Continuum Press, 2001.

"Religion, Freud, and Women." In: Gender and Psychoanalysis. 4: 4: 333-365, 1999.

"Close Encounters of a New Kind: Toward an Integration of Psychoanalysis and Buddhism."
The American Journal of Psychoanalysis. 59: 1: 5-24,1999.

"The Illusion of a Non-Future: Reflections on Psychoanalysis and Its Critics." In: R. Prince
(ed), The Death of Psychoanalysis: Murder? Suicide? Or Rumor Greatly Exaggerated?
Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, pp. 335-351.

"Freud's Legacies: Towards a Posthumanist Subjectivity and Practice." The European Legacy:
Toward New Paradigms. Forthcoming.

"Fostering Tolerance and Creativity in the Culture of Psychoanalysis." J. of the American
Academy of Psychoanalysis. 24:3: 457-483.

"Reflections on Values and Ethics in Psychoanalysis," Division 39 Newsletter, Spring 1997.

"The Analyst's Authority" J. of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. 25:1: 15-35.

"Psychoanalysis is Self-Centered." In: C. Spezzano and G. Gargiulo (Eds.), Soul on the Couch.
Hillsdale, New Jersey: Analytic Press, 1997.

Review of Peter Loewenberg's Fantasy and Reality in History, Psychoanalytic Books, 7:4: 560-

Review of Adam Phillips' Terrors and Experts, Psychoanalytic Books, 8:3: 284-290.

Review of Adams & Szaluta's Psychoanalysis and the Humanities, Psychoanalytic Books, 8:3:

Review of Adam Phillips' On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored, Psychoanalytic Books 8:1:

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Toward an Integration." In G. Stricker & J. Gold (Eds.).

Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy Integration. New York: Plenum Press,

"Psychoanalytic Treatment with a Buddhist Meditator." In M. Finn and J. Gartner (Eds.)

Object Relations Theory and Religion: Clinical Applications. Westport, CT: Praeger
Press, 1992.

"Clinical Integration of Buddhist Meditation in Psychoanalysis." J. of Integrative and Eclectic
Psychotherapy, 10 (2):173-181, 1991.

"Object Relations Theory and Religious Experience." The American Psychological Association
Division 36 Newsletter. 8/89.

"Meditation and Psychoanalytic Listening." Psychoanalytic Review, 72:4: 599-612. 1985

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