Synopses & Reviews
An innovative psychologist illuminates the factors common to the many and varied ways in which people seek personal growth, making a broadly reasoned examination of the practices of religion, education, and psychotherapy in all their manifestations. Claudio Naranjo's concerns are salvation, deliverance, enlightenment, healing, authenticity, self-actualization, and full-humanness as sought in both ancient and modern systems of meditation, mysticism, sensory awareness, and the raising of consciousness. "Indeed," he comments, "if we examine closely the nature of the separate quests for growth, sanity, and enlightenment, we may discover enough of a meeting ground among them to warrant the ambition of a unified science and art of human change."
Those seeking spiritual enlightenment and personal growth will welcome this broad examination of the factors, such as religion, education, and psychotherapy, that affect and stimulate growth. Identity, the ways of mindfulness, physical avenues to consciousness enhancement, and the role of helpers are some of the ideas addressed while dealing with concerns such as mysticism, sensory awareness, healing, and authenticity. Discussions of both ancient and modern systems of thought are included, as well as a special section that shows readers how this book can best be used.
About the Author
is known for his innovative therapy, research, and teaching methods. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Human Potential Movement, and he heads the SAT Institute. He lives in Berkeley, California.