Psychology in the Light of the East is recommended reading for college-level psychology students who want to integrate Eastern thinking into Western psychology traditions, and blends philosophy, psychology and spirituality in a survey of these two diverse worlds and the areas where they complement one another.
In order to locate these meeting points, a history of Western psychology is required, and Margot Esther Borden provides this with a review of how psychology evolved over the decades, the places where psychology, spirituality, and philosophy intersect, and how different disciplines view ideas of consciousness, the human psyche, healing processes, and, finally, human potential.
Case history examples pepper a presentation that includes quotes from major Eastern and Western thinkers, while attention is given to ideologies, methodology, physical experiences and emotional reactions to them, and the importance of spiritual dimensions in the psychology arena.
Traditional Western psychoanalysts sometimes shun spiritual worldviews, especially if they don’t fit into Western religious thinking. Thus, techniques reflective of our psycho-spiritual nature and potential such as mindfulness meditation, prayer, and teachings from both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions are not typically part of a Western psychologist’s approach.
By demonstrating how to better integrate these traditions for maximum therapeutic benefit and insights, psychology students and practitioners receive a clear exploration of how to tailor their approach for more effective client care and responses, and will find Psychology in the Light of the East a clear road map of approaches backed by real-world sessions and history alike.
This book will also be helpful for individuals seeking psycho-spiritual healing and development as it provides a deep understanding of the many paths inwards and therefore, how to endeavor toward our greater potential.
Very highly recommended.