- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Universities of the Rockies Press (January 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976463830
- ISBN-13: 978-0976463832
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,698,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ethics and Lao-Tzu: Intimations of Character Paperback – January 2, 2008
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"Reading this book was a journey that took me into the depths of my own soul, reminding me of things I have so often forgotten or abandoned. As Dr. Mendelowitz co-journeyed with his perceptive and poetic patient, Kristina, so I co-journeyed with him. Within these pages, I lingered not only with Lao-Tzu but also with Camus, Beckett, Blake, Rilke, Rumi, Van Gogh, William James and many others who know the Tao that dances in silence and in the spaces between. This book, unlike so many others, spoke to my inner life and because of this, I want to be a better human being. I suspect it will have a similar effect on others." - David N. Elkins, Ph.D.
"Ed Mendelowitz has produced a contemporary classic, a compelling integration of Eastern and Western wisdom and folklore--voices and dreams that descend and ascend through and from the mind/soul set of a visionary psychotherapy client--and from this model has managed to create a challenging manifesto.Read more ›
This book's structure is similar to the Chinese sage referenced in its title: it is a fluid conversation among philosophers, novelists, playwrights, musicians, psychologists, physicists, film makers, sociologists, and a girl whose humanity, creativity, and connectedness shine through despite the horrifying trauma dealt to early in her life. This book is simultaneously a reflection on a life examined/unexamined and a case study. The case study is focused on Kristina, who battles with symptoms described by the DSM IV as Dissociative Identity Disorder. But unlike any other portraits of multiple personality disorder, Mendelowitz presents us with an intricate view of a girl who is sensitive, perceptive, understanding, ethical, and courageous. We are invited to meet many of Kristina's personalities through rich amount of journal entries, e-mails, dreams, poems, and pictures. What they end up revealing, ironically, is not person split in parts, but a whole that desperately tries to keep herself intact.
Mendelowitz's writing is meditative and poetic.Read more ›
In a world where doctors act as if they have the miracle solution, it is refreshing to read this book because Mendelowitz doesn't offer a fixed solution, instead he offers something quite different, which is a genuine relationship that is not often found between patient and therapist these days. By reading his interpretations of Kristina's dreams one cannot help but think of this woman as a beautiful soul, who, like some (if not many) cases, is met with hostility, puzzlement, and anger by those unwilling, or incapable of understanding her. Those who are too "fixed" in their views and who think (or maybe they just want) her problems to disappear.
As a whole, the book offers enlightening quotes from multiple artists who defied convention and nurtured their art to help their inner being. There's a point in the book where Mendelowitz quotes Fellini who says his system is not having a system.Read more ›