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Surplus Powerlessness : The Psychodynamics of Everyday Life and the Psychology of Individual and Social Transformation (Reprint ed) Paperback – September 11, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Books (September 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573922994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573922999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,618,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Don Driscoll on December 12, 1999
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Lerner is a lifelong radical who turned to therapy and class analysis to understand why leaders and activists in social movements are often overwhelmed or defeated by their own sense of powerlessness- even when they are winning.
Field tested in support groups, workplace stress groups and family oriented programs with union members and other workers in Northern California, Lerner's work at asks most of the important questions about why work disempowers so many of us and damages our social anmd political lives. This work is also informed by Lerner's reclaiming the transformative power of religion in his own life.
Michael Lerner is a former editor of Ramparts, student and anti-war leader, and editor of Tikkun magazine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GJB on April 8, 2015
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When looking into what is possible and connecting with your deep longing and vision. Get through this book and work through some of the observations and questions.

What is our fundamental nature? What do we believe about ourselves and others?
What stories and learning support this? Where and when did I learn this (educate myself?) and what do I remember on how it was presented?
What is our dream for ourselves (from individual to collective on ever widening circles)?
How can we organize resources internally and externally to have a congruence with our vision?
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By robert hollinger on January 21, 2012
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This is Michael Lerner's most important book. It is the conceptual foundation of all is other work. To get a new copy for $5 is unbelievable!
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Some key concepts in here for anyone seeking to explain the ridiculous path that our current dominant cultures are following ...
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