- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; English Language edition (June 5, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0201479648
- ISBN-13: 978-0201479645
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,454,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gifts Of Suffering: A Guide To Resilience And Renewal Hardcover – June 5, 1996
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From Library Journal
Psychotherapist Young-Eisendrath (The Cambridge Companion to Jung, Morrow, 1993) combines insights of Jungian psychology and Buddhist meditation to fashion a reflection on the creativity of suffering and loss. Through the stories of several individuals who gained new perspectives on self and the world through a creative use of their suffering, Young-Eisendrath constructs a journey of resilience and renewal that involves compassion, Jungian alchemy, and selflessness. The author's meditations will appeal mostly to audiences already intimately familiar with the language of Jungian analysis and Buddhist spirituality. A marginal purchase.
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Top customer reviews
While the concept was very illuminating and interesting, the book suffers from a lack of focus. Part social criticism, part inspirational, part Buddhist history and theory, and part psychological theory, the book never seemed to quite come together. I wanted to hear more about how to develop resilience, what cultivates it. I also felt that Dr. Young-Eisendrath could have expanded the parameters of her research to include more than four individuals, interesting though those were, and perhaps made her language a bit more universal, and watered down some of her more critical opinions, which, in my opinion, detracted from the overall effect of her book.