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Dr. Starr has brilliantly articulated why we need a spiritually driven psychology to find the genuine Self. This remarkable book is a synthesis of Western and Eastern thought, taking us though the labyrinth of counseling, psychotherapy, and self help and exposing the near enemies of religious and psychological concepts that have been created by Ego driven minds rather than Omni Consciousness. Escape Your Own Prison is a must read if one is ever to attain inner peace in this anxious, Ego-driven world of materialism. (Hugh Colmer, co-founder, Windham Retreat Center, managing director of the Crosscircle Group)

Dr. Starr has taken the spiritual wisdom of the ages and applied it to these difficult modern times, as has been the work of masters throughout history. Anyone whose life seems too busy or pressed by cycles of worry will benefit from this most inviting, caring and helpful book. (Stuart Sovatsky, Ph.D., co-convener of the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality)

Profound and perceptive, Dr. Bernard Starr distills elements of psychology and spirituality into a guide useful to anyone yearning for true peace of mind. Dr. Starr's insights as both psychologist and spiritual seeker can touch people at any point in their lives and may be particularly moving for those contemplating the journey of aging. (Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., author of Age Wave)

Bernard Starr is a modern Diogenes, who is lighting the way for a nation of aging boomers toward a more honest and effective understanding of themselves. His pathway bridges the analytical framework of psychology with the seeker's desire for a richer sense of life's meaning. In Escape Your Own Prison he illuminates the darker reaches of our egos and shows how we can free ourselves from the confines of our limited perceptions of who we are. (Paul Kleyman, Editor, Aging Today, American Society on Aging)

This book is not good news for traditional psychotherapists, but for those of us caught between the demands of the ego and the desire for transcendence, it's a way out and a way up. Thank you Dr. Starr. (Emily Squires, co-founder of the Coalition for One Voice, award-winning director and documentary filmmaker)

Beyond the realm of faith and psychology, Dr. Starr's Escape Your Own Prison takes the reader on a radical inner journey which challenges preconceived notions about true spiritual consciousness. It offers a refreshing new approach to break free from the illusory prison of the ego and a roadmap to awakening to what he calls omni-consciousness, a powerful state of being with lightening rod focus and limitless potential. (Judy Martin, founder Work/LifeMonitor.com, formerly of American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report)

Not only a veteran educator in developmental psychology, as well as a practicing psychologist, media host, and writer, Starr has the good judgement that comes from facing himself, asking hard questions, making hard decisionss, and living fully the hard-won lessons of his own experience. His common-sense insights satisfy; his take on the subject matter feels solid. (Melanie Mineo Metapsychology Online Reviews)

Bernard Starr is a masterful teacher... Escape Your Own Prison is a delightful journey into human consciousness...and comes closer than any book...to defining the path of spiritual growth achievable through meditation and psycho-spiritual therapy. (Sam Menahem, Ph.D. Psychospiritualtherapy.Org)

About the Author

Bernard Starr, Ph.D., is a practicing psychologist, writer, radio host, and psychology professor formerly at City University of New York and now at Marymount Manhattan. He has appeared on national TV talk shows and writes a weekly column for religionandspirituality.com. He lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742558398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742558397
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,418,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia Thomas on November 26, 2007
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Starr's "Escape Your Own Prison" is a well-turned translation of Eastern philosophical thought into ideas Westerners can relate to. The idea of omni-consciousness dances at the front of my mind, just as a forgotten word can be on the tip of your tongue - I almost get it. That does not mean anything is lacking from the book. Far from it!

The easy to follow discussions, examples and analogies, question-and-answer section, and affirmations sections are a delight. It is only that my ingrained Western thinking gets in the way of me fully comprehending everything on the first pass. The fact that I now recognize that there is a difference between my Western thinking of "me" and omniconsciousness shows how deeply the book reached me. This is a book to read many times.
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"Escape Your Own Prison" presented me with an opening to walk into another way of living. The book is a phenomenal blend of science,spirituality, highlights of the evolution of psychotherapy practice, religious perspectives, societal paradigms, Dr. Starr's own questions, curiosity & humor, and case studies which encompass the universal theme of the search for fulfillment beyond image, possessions & the five senses. The material is powerfully engaging; well researched yet never dry like a textbook. Having met Dr. Starr, I could hear him speaking to me in his own voice through his written word. It is a book to read more than once or twice. It is a book I have given to friends who are on their own search to transform their lives.
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What a fantastic read! Dr. Starr's omni consciousness has the potential to revolutionize anyone's life once it is practiced. We are all living in a prison of sorts, and if we were to be honest with ourselves, we would admit that we've all thought, "There must be more to life than this." Dr. Starr compares humans to characters in a play, repeating the same lines over and over throughout life. Who has not at times wanted to break free of the habits and patterns that have been our life script? This book will show you how to find and then fully express the real you that's been hiding inside. It's very thought-provoking, and anyone who wants to live life to the fullest will learn a great deal from the teachings in this book.
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I have read many self-help books on western psychology and eastern mysticism, but I have never found one that explains both in such depth and allows such personal observation. There are insights to take from this book even if you feel that this way of personal enlightenment isn't for you. Much of the information in this book will stay with you and allow you to look more deeply past your outer ego into glimpses of your true self. A very thought-provoking read.
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You should read this book both for its extremely inclusive synopsis and analysis of psychotherapies and for its original thoughts about how to change your life for the better. I loved what Dr. Starr says about aging and the process of becoming wiser and more caring and calmer, rather than depressed. His ideas about Omni Consciousness do not seem to be that different from Buddhist though about Higher Consciousness. However, his attitude toward traditional therapies is quite original. It is very clearly written and highly accessible to the lay person. Not a lot of jargon. Bravo. Minerva Neiditz, author of "Romance After 60: What Men Think They Want."
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This was an amazing book, because it opens the eyes of many people to the fact that they don't have to let go of their own religion and culture to embrace the path to peace that the people of the east have already discovered; they just have to be willing to think outside the box. As a follower of the Tao te Ching I am delighted to see that someone has finally taken the time to integrate Eastern and Western culture, guiding many farther along on the path to enlightenment. If you are frustrated with the narrow minded views of western capitalist society, this book is a guaranteed must-read.
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