- Hardcover: 443 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1 edition (May 17, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465095305
- ISBN-13: 978-0465095308
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taking a fresh, multidisciplinary perspective, this book summarizes and integrates the emerging fields of transpersonal psychiatry and psychology. After surveying the Western roots of transpersonal psychiatry and psychology in William James, Carl Jung, and Christian and Jewish mysticism, the book reviews the rich contributions of such differing cultures as shamanism, Hinduism, and Buddhism, illustrating the influence of these traditions on the therapeutic community. The authors then proceed to the latest scientific research on meditation, psychedelics, altered states, and parapsychology. Organizing human experience into a continuum - from a basic level dominated by biological factors to personal, psychological structures and on to complex, spiritual experiences - seasoned transpersonal clinicians discuss distinctive issues, problems, and treatments at each level. Through engaging, real-life cases, the contributors describe practical techniques, including the outcomes and risks of various interventions. With solid scholarship, wide scope, and accessible style, Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology will become the standard work for students, researchers, clinicians, and lay readers interested in extending psychiatry and psychology into sciences that describe the full range of functioning of the human mind, thereby building bridges between those disciplines and spirituality.
About the Author
Allan B. Chinen, M.D., is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco and in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of Waking the World, In the Ever After, Once Upon a Midlife, and Beyond the Hero.
John R. Battista, M.D., M.A., is a longtime student, educator, practitioner, and contributor to the fields of transpersonal psychiatry and psychology. He is currently in private practice in New Milford, CT, and was formerly residency training director in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at Davis.
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This textbook is a journey in itself. It begins with a forward written by Ken Wilber, and has many recognizable contributors such as; Wilber, John Battista, Seymour Boorstein, Charles Tart, Frances Vaughn, Roger Walsh.
This Text offers a thorough introduction and definition of Transpersonal Psychiatry by Bruce W. Scotton: From Part I; "This textbook proposes a fresh look at what is known about the human psyche: its functioning, development, pathology, and treatment. Although traditional psychiatry and psychology have made impressive strides in the understanding of the human mind and brain, they adhere to an unnecessarily restricted view of the psyche and its functioning, and in so doing, they refuse to follow the scientific method. Specifically, our current sciences of the psyche fail to examine the data concerning, build theories to explain, and work therapeutically with spiritual experiences and experiences of nonordinary reality..."
Part II reviews the historic roots of Western Psychiatry and Psychology, and covers contributors such as William James, Sigmond Freud, Carl Jung, Abraham Malsow, Ken Wilber, Stanislov Grof, and John Battista. A later chapter spans the cross-cultural roots including Shamanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, the Kabbalah, Christian Mysticism, Native American Healers, the Transpersonal view of the life cycle through Fairy Tales. Then finishes with research and academic disciplines.
Part III covers Clinical Practice, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Clinical Aspects of Meditation, Guided Imagery, Breathwork, Past-Life Therapy, Ethics, and Professional Development.
Part IV The final conclusion offers an Integrated approach from Bruce W. Scotton, M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Fransisco, and certified Jungian analyst and psychiatrist in private practice; Alan B. Chinen M.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC, author of numerous works on the transpersonal dimensions of midlife and aging; and John Battista, M.D., M.A. Private practice of psychiatry in New Milford, Connecticut, and author in the fields of consciousness studies and personality theory.
With contents like this, the text speaks for itself.