Item description for The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck...
Overview Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of love and understanding, "The Road Less Traveled" continues to help readers explore the very nature of loving relationships. Wise and profoundly spiritual, this is a proven classic, a book to turn to again and again for understanding and inspiration.
Publishers Description Psychotherapy is all things to all people in this mega-selling pop-psychology watershed, which features a new introduction by the author in this 25th anniversary edition. His agenda in this tome, which was first published in 1978 but didn't become a bestseller until 1983, is to reconcile the psychoanalytic tradition with the conflicting cultural currents roiling the 70s. In the spirit of Me-Decade individualism and libertinism, he celebrates self- actualization as life's highest purpose and flirts with the notions of open marriage and therapeutic sex between patient and analyst. But because he is attuned to the nascent conservative backlash against the therapeutic worldview, Peck also cites Gospel passages, recruits psychotherapy to the cause of traditional religion (he even convinces a patient to sign up for divinity school) and insists that problems must be overcome through suffering, discipline and hard work (with a therapist.) Often departing from the cerebral and rationalistic bent of Freudian discourse for a mystical, Jungian tone more compatible with New Age spirituality, Peck writes of psychotherapy as an exercise in "love" and "spiritual growth," asserts that "our unconscious is God" and affirms his belief in miracles, reincarnation and telepathy. Peck's synthesis of such clashing elements (he even throws in a little thermodynamics) is held together by a warm and lucid discussion of psychiatric principles and moving accounts of his own patients' struggles and breakthroughs. Harmonizing psychoanalysis and spirituality, Christ and Buddha, Calvinist work ethic and interminable talking cures, this book is a touchstone of our contemporary religio-therapeutic culture.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.37" Width: 5.45" Height: 0.78" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 7, 2003
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0743243153 ISBN13 9780743243155
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More About M. Scott Peck
M. Scott Peck, M.D., is the author of several "New York Times" best-sellers, including The Road Less Traveled, which has spent more than ten years on the Times list and is arguably the most influential spiritual book of modern times. He and his wife, Lily, live in northern Connecticut and have been the recipients of several awards for peacemaking.
M. Scott Peck lived in New Preston, in the state of Connecticut. M. Scott Peck was born in 1936 and died in 2005.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Road Less Traveled, 25th Anniversary Edition : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth?
Life is difficult. - It can be less so. Mar 24, 2007
This one takes me back. - I can think of many books that describe my current understanding and even more that express what I hope to be true, but the one most responsible for changing my reality is a "A Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck.
I read it many years ago when I was at a particularly low point in life, alone, and filled with questions that I ironically considered basic. Peck's book introduced new concepts, in bite-sized pieces--at just the right time, and in doing so set me on a path that I continue to this day.
My reading list has grown dramatically since then, but "A Road Less Traveled" still occupies a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf.
The Book that can make "Buddha" a better saint! Mar 7, 2007
Just finished reading this masterpiece...You should be lucky, if you can read books of this quality once every decade.It is a heavy subject on spiritual growth that even a voracious reader cannot hope to absorb the contents if he reads more than few pages a day.Every line, every word literally stops you, makes you think ,digest and move on.Being a heavy subject does not mean the book has to be a boring textbook. There should be tremendous clarity of thought to get it to the reader and a natural gift to bring the right words .. Scott excels as a writer
My kids, more than me are lucky that I read this book..Atleast they will certainly not fall into several pitfalls that i went thro in my spiritual growth. Here is an example about children, probably the central theme of the book ( dont miss the fascinating wordplay in the sentences)
---- All children have neurosis, in that they will instinctively assume responsibility for certain deprivations they experience but do not yet understand. Thus the child who is not loved by his parents will always assume himself or herself as unlovable rather than see their parents are deficient in their capacity to love.
there is much that parents can do to assist their children in this maturation process. Opportunities present thousands of times while children are growing up ...because they duck responsibility,character disordered parents serve as role models for irresponsibility for their children.
Good discipline requires time.When we have no time to give to our children, we dont even observe them closely enough to become aware of when their need for our disciplinary assistance is expressed subtly.The parents who devote time to their children even when it is not demanded will perceive in them subtle needs for discipline, to which they will respond with gentle urging or reprimand or structure or praise, administered with thoughtfulness and care. They will observe how their children eat cake, how they study, when they will tell subtle falsehoods, when they run away from problems rather than face them.They will take time to make minor corrections,tightening a little here, loosening a little there..The time and quality of the time that their parents devote to them indicate to children the degree to which they are loved by their parents..
To the child, abandonment by its parents is the equivalent of death... For children either abandoned psychologically or in actuality, enter adulthood lacking any deep sense that the world is a safe and protective place.
To a child his or her parent is everything; they represent the world. The child does not have the perspective to see that other parents are different and frequently better. He assumes that the way his parents do things is the way things are done. Consequently the realization - the "reality" that this child came to was not "I can't trust my parents" but "I can't trust people". Not trusting people therefore became the map with which he entered adoloscence and adulthood. With this map and abundant store of resentment resulting from many of his disappointments, it was inevitable that he came into conflict with authority figures - police, teacher, employers....he had many opportunities to revise his map, but that would require him to revise his view of his parents - to realize that they did not love him, that he did not have a normal childhood...such realization would have been -------------
Does this section below ring a bell on your childhood or a guilt that you can do a better job as a parent??? How about if you can become a better husband, wife, manager, parent, and above all a humble person all in One package......Just go and buy this book and recommend to every one of your friends..
Life Changer Feb 18, 2007
This book is a must! I was recommended this book by a therapist and it has really opened my eyes to why life can be so painful and how to fix it. I am a deployed soldier with limited resources and counseling opportunities. Being remarried and deployed with three children, this book has given me insight on better ways to be a husband and highlighted mistakes and correction needed to be an effective and loving father. I believe anyone referred to this book that doesn't read it is a fool.
A Must!!! Feb 1, 2007
I have gotten this book as a gift many times but never read it but listening to it now on CD I see why it is such an important book. I have really enyojed it and am so glad to have had the opportunity to know this information.
Could be your gift in a lifetime Jan 30, 2007
Only a very small percentage of books are worth reading multiple times, and "The Road Less Traveled" is undoubtedly one of them. I have read some of the passages three, four times and am still finding fresh ideas. I am deeply impressed by Peck's penetrating intelligence and tremendously benefited from his profound insights to life.
There are two kinds of people - those who look smarter than they are and those who are smarter than they look. Scott Peck is clearly the second kind. The first time I read it, I could not continue beyond the first few pages - it just seemed too dry. Peck was a first-class scientist. There were no slogans or fancy presentation styles, but every word of the book was well thought - which I only realized after my second and third reading. Readers if you feel the same way as what I felt the first time, remember my words and stick to it. Some day you will feel so lucky for your whole life that you have been enlightened.
Of course you don't have to agree to everything in the book to be enlightened. Nobody is perfect. Nobody has everything right. Nor was Scott Peck. However, always remember that just because you don't think he's right does not necessarily mean that he is not right. Peck was a rigorous scientist and his observations are absolutely worth your consideration, while it is up to you whether you agree to them or not. Throughout my life so far there have been countless times that I realized that what I once held steadfast was completely wrong. And whenever those realizations struck me were my happiest moments.
I would guess that this book is not for everybody. The issues discussed in the book are so fundamental, and topics like religion, grace, miracle, and serendipity are always hotly controversial. However, put down your ego, listen to this intelligent guy, be ready to change yourself, look for some gold nuggets, and perhaps even experience the strikes of a few happiest moments.