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Description: Hardback and Dust jacket in LN condtion. No marks no writing. Fans of psychiatrist Peck's bestselling The Road Less Traveled willenjoy this self-help sequel, a collection of edited lectures thatoffers a tough-minded, liberating guide to learning to live and diewith dignity, creativity and meaning. Peck maps four distinct steps ofspiritual growth. The first stage is exemplified by antisocial persons;in the second are those who depend on religious or other institutionsfor meaning in their lives; next are religiously skepticaltruth-seekers; the fourth stage embraces "mystical/communal" peopleattuned to the interconnectedness of all things. At times soundinghimself like a mystic, he urges readers to discover the meaning oftheir lives by confronting the mystery and inevitability of death;envisages God as a sexual being who endowed human lovemaking with aspiritual component; outlines his vision of heaven and hell; and fusespsychiatric insights with his highly personal approach to Christianity.He also critiques the New Age movement, explores myths as guidingmetaphors for psycho-spiritual growth and plumbs the roots ofaddiction, guilt, blame, self-hate and self-acceptance. Thissequel to The Road Less Traveled ( LJ 9/15/78), composed from lecturesthat best-selling author and psychiatrist Peck has given since his lastsuccess, presents spiritual as well as psychological aspects of adultmaturation. He explores growing up into forgiveness rather than blame;finding meaning in death; developing genuine self-esteem while dealingwith problems of omnipotence, good and evil, and heroism; coping withaddictions, which Peck terms the sacred disease; and finding a personalgod. Peck criticizes psychiatry for ignoring the spiritual histories ofpatients and for misdiagnosing as a result. Highly recommended.
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