Alan Watts Psychotherapy East and West

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Before he became a counterculture hero, Alan Watts was known as an incisive scholar of Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy. In this 1963 classic, Watts demonstrates his deep understanding of both Western (Freudian/Jungian) psychotherapy and Eastern spiritual philosophies. He examined the problem of humans in a seemingly hostile universe in ways that questioned the social norms and illusions that bind and constrict modern humans. Marking a groundbreaking synthesis, Watts asserted that the powerful insights of Freud and Jung, which had, indeed, brought psychiatry close to the edge of liberation, could, if melded with the hitherto secret wisdom of the Eastern traditions free man from his battle with the self. If we look deeply into such ways of life as Buddhism and Taoism, Vedanta and yoga, we do not find either philosophy or religion as these are understood in the West. We find something more nearly resembling psychotherapy. This synthesis is as powerful now as it was then, and as ripe for revival."

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Alan Watts, the author of more than twenty books, and a countercultural icon, was also a spiritual philosopher, student of Buddhism, Anglican minister, and chaplain at Northwestern University. He died in 1973.

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