By Gardner Murphy and Lois B. Murphy. Price $7.50. Pp xv-238. Basic Books, Inc., 404 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1968.
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Over the past decade there has been a renewed interest in the psychological aspects of Eastern religion and philosophy. Alan Watts, Medard Boss, Hans Jacobs, and Dietrich Langen, to name a few, have turned eastward to expand the dimension of psychotherapeutic theory. There is an ever-increasing literature on Yoga and a variety of versions of meditational psychology. American psychotherapists have taken on the task of providing people with mind-expanding experiences of all sorts. What were once pleasures of the flesh now appear on the horizon of legitimacy under the banner of spiritual liberation. No less than talking, touching and drugs provide some Westerners with the ecstasy that Eastern philosophy sanctions and seeks. America's selfconscious and provocative hippie and radical subcultures, albeit ignorant of the niceties of Sanskrit and Indian theology, pursue some of these Asian trends with the fervor of monks.
Asian Psychology, edited
Leavitt SS. Asian Psychology.. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(2):248-249. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740140120019