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How to Be an Adult: A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual Integration Paperback – May 1, 1991
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He received his BA in psychology from Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, in 1962, his MA in counseling psychology from Fairfield University in 1969, and his PhD in clinical psychology from Sierra University in 1984. Since 1976, Richo has been a licensed marriage, family, and child counselor in California. In addition to practicing psychotherapy, Richo teaches courses at Santa Barbara City College and the University of California Berkeley at Berkeley, and has taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. He is a clinical supervisor for the Community Counseling Center in Santa Barbara, California.
Known for drawing on Buddhism, poetry, and Jungian perspectives in his work, Richo is the author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships: The Five Keys to Mindful Loving and The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find in Embracing Them. He has also written When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships, Shadow Dance: Liberating the Power and Creativity of Your Dark Side, The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need to Know, and Being True to Life: Poetic Paths to Personal Growth.
Richo lives in Santa Barbara and San Francisco.
Top Customer Reviews
Even though their titles begin with How to... these are not self-help books.
This is a little book, but it will take you quite some time to read it - I still haven't finished my copy. You will want to read a single page and contemplate what is said there and how you can implement it in your own life.
UPDATE Feb 19, 2006: Read it 3 times so far. I find something new to work on every time. This book describes exactly the person I want to become. The most important book I have ever read!
The ideal person benefiting from this book is one who has an element of self-awareness, has prior exposure to basic psychology, has made efforts towards emotional well-being and self-development. For such a person, each sentence in this book appears pregnant with meaning.
Any topic such as hurt, guilt, anger or fear can be taken with an attempt to understand its causes and manifestations, followed by ways to resolve it out. "Completing" the book in the traditional sense should therefore not be the objective. Rather, sentences or paragraphs are read and gradually digested like a cow chews the cud. Any part of the book can be read at any time. This book seems like a timeless reference manual.
The author assumes that the word "Adult" in the title means emotionally stable and spiritually growing. Hence the expanded form of the title might be "How to grow into an emotionally stable and spiritually integrated person".
"How to be an Adult" will strengthen your appreciation of the nuances of emotional well-being and increase your commitment for emotional growth.
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Amazing book, he hits the true with almost every single word, easy to read as well.Published 1 day ago by rolando barbella
Brief and super helpful. Once you give it a go through you can just come back to particular sections as you need them. Read morePublished 5 days ago by MS
Great book for those adults that lack direction and know how in growing up.Published 1 month ago by Jody F.
I find it a rather boring read. Maybe that is because it is all about psychology.
I also have not finished it, again, probably due to the fact I don't find it that useful or... Read more
This book fits in my backpack for my commute. I like having it as a reminder.Published 3 months ago by Alicia Andrews
I really, really wish there was some way I could give this to friends of mine who I see struggling, without it being me giving them a book called "How to be an adult". Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christina L. Austin
The world probably doesn't know it yet, but this book outlines not only what it is needed to be psychologically healthy, but the act of becoming psychologically healthy is a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. S. Harris