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For definitions of Gestalt therapy, see Gestalt therapy 1, ~2.

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The Gestalt Approach and Eye Witness to Therapy, Fritz Perls (Frederick S. Perls). List: $13.95 ~ Our Price: $13.95. Fritz Perls is the father of Gestalt Therapy and this book collects his final effort at Gestalt theory and a series of transcripts of tapes from therapy. This book is essential to a student of Gestalt, which is a therapy that concentrates how people make meaning of their life in this moment.
Gestalt theory helps us to understand why an alcoholic in a room of people hardly sees the people and an artist in a gallery notices only the art. It also is why certain events, which trigger memories from our childhood, may drive us into behavior that is entirely inappropriate. It is why so many people have given up living and aliveness and are just surviving.
If you want to read about a vital therapy that reaches people's current problems by dealing with their current experience of life, then buy and read this book. If you like the book, consider a meditation retreat, where you will have a lively experience of Gestalt and may use the retreat to experience a fuller, richer, more alive life.

Portable Jung by Carl Gustav Jung, Joseph Campbell (Editor). List: $14.95 ~ Our Price: $11.96 ~ You Save: $2.99 (20%). Carl Jung, one of the founders of modern psychology, had an abiding interest in exotic religions and the effect of images and myths on the psyche. Jung theorized in depth about the role of consciousness and awareness in shaping how we live. For example, Jung writes, at page 9: "

[T]he neurotic is ill because he is unconscious of his problems, while the person with a difficult temperament suffers from his conscious problems without being ill.
" Fritz Perls was a student of Carl Jung and Gestalt therapy is a branch of the tree planted by Carl Jung. This book is a comprehensive study of Jung's life and thoughts.

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, Sheldon B. Kopp. List: $6.50 ~ Our Price: $5.20 ~ You Save: $1.30 (20%).
This book takes the point of view that a grownup can be no one's disciple. It states that the most important things that each man must learn no one else can teach. Once this disappointment is accepted, a person can stop depending on the therapist, the guru who turns out to be just another struggling human being.
Risking: Sometimes it seems to me that in this absurdly random life there is some inherent justice in the outcome of personal relationships. In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.
Love: Love is more than ismply being open to experiencing the anguish of another person's suffering. It is the willingness to live with the helpless knowing that we can do nothing to save the other from his pain.

Love and Will, Rollo, Ph.D. May. List: $13.95 ~ Our Price: $11.16 ~ You Save: $2.79 (20%). After 25 years of working as a psychoanalytic therapist, Rollo May concluded that "love or will gone wrong" are the principle sources of pain in our age. May writes, at p. 29, "

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is. The opposite of will is not indecision . . . but being uninvolved, detached, unrelated to the significant events.
" May endorses the view that,
When we do not care, we lose our being; and care is the way back to being. . . . We could not will or wish if we did not care to begin with; and if we do authentically care, we cannot help wishing or willing.
This book is a classic of psychological literature. John Leonard, of The New York Times wrote: "Wise, rich, witty and indispensible." The Harvard Educational Review wrote, "The implications of this distinguished book for education and culture are profound."

Psychoanalytic Theory, Therapy, and the Self, Harry Guntrip. $18.00. Dr. Guntrip is a psychologist of the self. Through the work of Freud, Sullivan, Erikson, Horney and other theorists, he throughly explores the origin and development of psychoanalytic theory and its relevance and application to modern therapeutic methods. My personal experience with meditation has alerted me to the importance of the "witness" or "self". Guntrip shows the importance of this revelation to therapy. He has important insights into how a person can regain the potential for healthy growth and development.

Neurotic Styles, David Shapiro. $17.00. Neurotic Styles is an original, clinical study of four kinds of neuroses--obsessive-compulsive, paranoid, hysterical, and impulsive--and of the special characteristics of each. The book makes an important contribution to the understanding of neurotic behavior.

Death Is of Vital Importance: On Life, Death, and Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. List: $12.95 ~ Our Price: $10.36 ~ You Save: $2.59 (20%).

Table of Contents:

  • About This Book
  • Foreword By Goran Grip
  • Death Is of Vital Importance (First Stockholm Lecture, 1980)
  • The Cocoon and the Butterfly (Second Stockholm Lecture, 1981)
  • Life, Death and Life After Death (1980)
  • Healing in Our Time (Washington, 1982)
  • To Say Yes to It (The Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, 1985)

Games People Play, Eric, M.D. Berne. List: $10.00 ~ Our Price: $8.00 ~ You Save: $2.00 (20%). This simple, straightforward and humorous book describes the many neurotic "games" that people play because they do not know how to love honestly and openly. The book explains the motivations for these recurrent games and the behaviors that reoccur.

If you have not read this book, do. You will recognize the many different kinds of games because they are played so commonly in day-to-day life. This is sad, not funny. Understanding the games may help you to avoid the trap of playing the fall-guy in another person's game.
This book is indispensible for a therapist because it provides a clear, simple framework that is complementary to other theories in use today.

NOTE: Arnold Mindell has developed Gestalt theories in what he calls Process Work. His books are highly insightful. Check these books out in our Mediation Bookstore.

Using Your Brain--For a Change, Richard Bandler. $13.50. One reader writes: "Rating=9: Richard Bandlers book is hypnotizing! Richard Bandler, known for his development of Neuro Lingustic Programming with fellow partner John Grinder, has stepped alone to write this wonderfully self-theraputic-style book, from his uses and experiences in NLP and hypnosis training from master Milton Erickson. There is nothing your brain cannot accomplish, and Bandler provides the steps to take you to levels of brain development that you have not begun to think about...yet. In Using Your Brain for a Change, you are now in control of what you think, and how you think of life, concentrating all of your past miseries into one moment and then having it disappear to refocus your energy into the moment which we call the 'now'. A powerful book for anyone looking to change the way they see reality.

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