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The Druid of Harley Street: The Spiritual Psychology of E. Graham Howe Kindle Edition

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"An extraordinary labor of love that finally makes the teachings of E. Graham Howe brilliantly available to a wide audience ... This book is destined to become a classic." — M. Guy Thompson, Ph.D, author of The Ethic of Honesty: The Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis

"This is a remarkable book. I know of no other work that so intelligently embraces and illuminates the complexities of the ego-Self relationship." — Nathan Schwartz-Salant, Ph.D., author of Narcissism and Character Transformation: The Psychology of Narcissistic Character Disorders

"An exciting, challenging work that helps us look beyond our smaller attitudes and seek a broader, fuller path. Uplifting and therapeutic." — Michael Eigen, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at New York University and Editor Emeritus of The Psychoanalytic Review

"This book is a tour de force that under one cover includes selections from all of Howe’s writings. Howe illuminates the causes of human suffering by using the language of psychoanalysis to help us understand the mystery of human experience. It is a wonderful book for  both psychotherapists and the general reader to gain greater understanding of what it means to be human." — John M. Heaton, M.D., author of The Talking Cure: Wittgenstein's Therapeutic Method for Psychotherapy

"... Because psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, and psychiatry came of age in a secularized world, these are typically regarded as a matter unto themselves, both generated and cured without reference to our spiritual nature. In this landmark and vitally necessary book, the great English psychiatrist E. Graham Howe not only disproves that presumption but provides us with our era’s first truly esoteric and integral psychology. Graciously written, profoundly wise, The Druid of Harley Street is itself an instructive, healing, and liberating meditation that should be in the hands of every psychotherapist—and by the bedsides of the rest of us." — Andrew Harvey, author of A Walk with Four Spiritual Guides: Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, and Ramakrishna and The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

About the Author

Eric Graham Howe was born in England in 1896. His books include Motives and Mechanisms of the Mind, Morality and Reality, The Open Way, and The Triumphant Spirit. A commissioned BBC radio lecturer during World War II, he died in 1975. Editor William Stranger lives in Cobb, CA.

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  • File Size: 4325 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005707PU6
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed R. on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you've ever wondered why western psychology has so many schools and theories without a well-formed center, and how that lack can be remedied in a stroke, you will want to read this extraordinary and deeply engaging book. Although the new discipline of transpersonal psychology is attempting to to import the "spiritual" aspects of existence into human psychology, one gets the feeling that such efforts are often a kind of "add on" that doesn't quite reach the core. In the numerous well-written chapters of the masterful anthology "The Druid of Harley Street: The Spiritual Psychology of E. Graham Howe", we quickly see how a near contemporary of Freud, Jung and Adler has already provided us with a much smoother and more depthful way of "riding" the living spirit into western psychology--a better road once not taken but now being slowly rebuilt.

Although he was once the United Kingdom's most famous psychiatrist, Howe's introduction of Eastern philosophy into psychotherapy in the early and middle twentieth century is not discussed in the history of western psychology. In editor William Stranger's lucid introduction, however, we see how Howe picks up where William James' own Gifford lectures left off. With the wobble of western psychology now belatedly looking for the "mind" in the brain, Stranger shows us that Howe had already established a profound foundation for a truly East-West psychology based upon Consciousness long before the efforts to find this took off in earnest back in the sixties. Many associate that latter moment with R.D. Laing, who was an iconic figure of that period. But it turns out that Laing, like the Zen popularizer Alan Watts, was mentored by Howe, whose influence on both becomes obvious when we read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry R. Martin on May 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
Howe has become one of my favorite thinkers. So much of what he says applies to today's personal and political conflicts. I take issue with the following description of Howe's writing: "Howe also wrote in a simple and clear style, making his work accessible to the general public." His style is anything but simple and clear. Reading his convoluted sentences is like swimming in mud. Is it worth the effort? Absolutely. Prepare to have your mind changed, to accept tension and change as essentials of reality, instead of falling in behind the cowboy-evangelists du jour. His is the intellect of a giant. Now get ready to work to get what he offers.
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