Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To report problems to PEP-Web…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Help us improve PEP Web. If you find any problem, click the Report a Problem link located at the bottom right corner of the website.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Kovel, C. (2009). Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective. By Mark Epstein. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007, 261 pp., $14.00. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 57(5):1255-1259.

(2009). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 57(5):1255-1259

Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective. By Mark Epstein. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007, 261 pp., $14.00

Review by:
Carolyn Kovel

Those of us who carry our Buddha selves and our psychoanalytic selves in separate compartments have been given a special treat in Mark Epstein's recent book. It offers both the possibility of synthesis and enjoyable reading. “For Buddhism to be understood by our culture, it must be reinterpreted in the psychological language of our time” (p. 3). Mark Epstein states this as his aim, and for him this language is psychoanalytic. This book presents many of his articles, which have been published between the 1980s and the present. He was a practicing Buddhist before he studied psychoanalysis, and he deftly moves between certain Buddhist concepts and their counterparts in psychoanalytic theory. Epstein writes in the same clear and contemplative style in which he wrote his earlier book, Thoughts without a Thinker.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.