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The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth Paperback – February 4, 2003
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Psychotherapy is all things to all people in this mega-selling pop-psychology watershed, which features a new introduction by the author in this 25th anniversary edition. His agenda in this tome, which was first published in 1978 but didn't become a bestseller until 1983, is to reconcile the psychoanalytic tradition with the conflicting cultural currents roiling the 70s. In the spirit of Me-Decade individualism and libertinism, he celebrates self-actualization as life's highest purpose and flirts with the notions of open marriage and therapeutic sex between patient and analyst. But because he is attuned to the nascent conservative backlash against the therapeutic worldview, Peck also cites Gospel passages, recruits psychotherapy to the cause of traditional religion (he even convinces a patient to sign up for divinity school) and insists that problems must be overcome through suffering, discipline and hard work (with a therapist.) Often departing from the cerebral and rationalistic bent of Freudian discourse for a mystical, Jungian tone more compatible with New Age spirituality, Peck writes of psychotherapy as an exercise in "love" and "spiritual growth," asserts that "our unconscious is God" and affirms his belief in miracles, reincarnation and telepathy. Peck's synthesis of such clashing elements (he even throws in a little thermodynamics) is held together by a warm and lucid discussion of psychiatric principles and moving accounts of his own patients' struggles and breakthroughs. Harmonizing psychoanalysis and spirituality, Christ and Buddha, Calvinist work ethic and interminable talking cures, this book is a touchstone of our contemporary religio-therapeutic culture.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Phyllis Theroux The Washington Post Not just a book, but a spontaneous act of generosity.
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If this review helped you and you plan to experience the "The Road Less Traveled" journey, then have fun on this beautiful journey of greater self-understanding and spiritual growth.
If you're interested in spiritual growth, "The Road Less Traveled" may well help increase your level of consciousness..
Twenty eight years later I still recommend this book to my friends, family and acquaintances. Bought an electronic copy for my reader because it should be a staple in any library. Try to reread every year as a new year resolution.
Life is a journey, meant to be enjoyed no matter where you find yourself when you find the magic in this book.
I had seen this book in new and used bookstores over a course of years, 1993-2001, but I never cracked its cover until my senior year in a Catholic university in the fall of 2002. Although a nun in her sixties assigned this book and taught a class under the subject of sociology/spirituality, I was shocked because in some places Dr. Peck offers a client to look elsewhere for answers other than the Catholic Church.
Here I am at age 60, nearly thirteen years after graduating college at age at 47, applauding the insight of Dr. Peck, especially in the part about love and evil. Too bad, I did not have access to these ideas when I first became interested in combining religion and psychology, which was in 1973 when I was a senior in high school. In fact, I found something quite enlightening, and I paraphrase Dr. Peck, "where religion closes its eyes, the science of psychology picks up."
In fact, this is my main reason for turning away from all Christian religions; they choose to ignore questions and ideas that they cannot quote from the Bible. The main reason that I distance myself from Catholicism is because the Church and Papacy precedes the scriptures. In my opinion, ":Tradition is the god of the Roman Catholic Church."
Although "The Road Less Traveled was published in 1978, thirty-eight years later in 2016, the subtitle of "The Road" still rings true; it is "A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth. Dr. Peck, also gives a partial answer as to the why terrorism. He calls it evil.