March 1962

Psychotherapy East and West.

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By Alan W. Watts. Price, $4.50. Pp. 204. Pantheon Books, Inc., 333 Sixth Ave., New York 14, 1961.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;6(3):254-255. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1962.01710210070008

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The author, by profession a minister, philosopher, writer, and teacher, has for many years been an outstanding interpreter of Asian thinking. In the present volume, in which he raises the problem of the therapeutically effective process, he compares the liberation procedures of Buddhism, Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga to the Western psychological and psychiatric methods of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The search for a common denominator is presented in six chapters in which philosophical, cultural, social, and psychological considerations are tightly interwoven. The book is well documented and contains many original quotations; it is easily readable and full of pearls of wisdom. But it is not recommended for the man who is easily disturbed when the underpinnings of his existence are examined too closely. He had best put the book aside with the statement, "Just philosophy." However, the cultured layman or professional who seeks an understanding of mod

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