The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth



The Road Less Traveled A New Psychology Of Love, Traditional Values And Spiritual Growth Pp Psychotherapy Is All Things To All People In This Mega Selling Pop Psychology Watershed, Which Features A New Introduction By The Author In This Th Anniversary Edition His Agenda In This Tome, Which Was First Published In But Didn T Become A Bestseller Until , Is To Reconcile The Psychoanalytic Tradition With The Conflicting Cultural Currents Roiling The S 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 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 Publishers WeeklyKeywords MIND BODY PSYCHOLOGY SOCIOLOGY RELIGIONThe Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

Dr Peck was born on May 22, 1936 in New York City, the younger of two sons to David Warner Peck, a prominent lawyer and jurist, and his wife Elizabeth Saville He married Lily Ho in 1959, and they had three children.Dr Peck received his B.A degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1958, and his M.D degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1963 From 1963 until 1972, he served in the United States Army, resigning from the position of Assistant Chief Psychiatry and Neurology Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster From 1972 to 1983, Dr Peck was engaged in the private practice of psychiatry in Litchfield County, Connecticut.On March 9, 1980 at the age of 43, Dr Peck was nondenominationally baptized by a Methodist minister in an Episcopalian convent where he has frequently gone on retreat.Dr Peck s first book, The Road Less Traveled, was published by Simon Schuster in 1978 The book has sold over six million copies to date in North America alone, and has been translated into over 20 languages.Dr Peck s second book, People of the Lie The Hope For Healing Human Evil, was published by Simon Schuster in October of 1983 It is recognized as a ground breaking contribution to the field of psychology, and is currently a best seller in Japan.Dr Peck s third book, What Return Can I Make Dimensions of the Christian Experience, was published by Simon Schuster in December of 1985 It contains Marilyn Von Waldner s singing as well as Dr Peck s essays and audio commentary It was republished by Harpers San Francisco in the fall of 1995, under the new title, Gifts For the Journey Treasures of the Christian Life, and is being republished again by Renaissance Press.A fourth book entitled The Different Drum Community Making and Peace, was published in June 1987 by Simon Schuster and is recognized as another ground breaking contribution to the behavioral sciences.Dr Peck s fifth book and first work of fiction, A Bed By the Window A Novel of Mystery and Redemption, was published by Bantam in August, 1990 It was hailed by the New York Times as something of a miracle.The Friendly Snowflake A Fable of Faith, Love and Family, Dr Peck s sixth book, and first for children as well as adults, Turner Publishing, Inc and was illustrated by Dr Peck s son, Christopher Peck, and published in October 1992.Dr Peck s seventh book, A World Waiting To Be Born Civility Rediscovered, a work on organizational behavior, was published by Bantam in March 1993.Meditations From the Road, was published by Simon Schuster in August 1993.Further Along the Road Less Traveled, a collection of Dr Peck s edited lectures 1979 1993 was published by Simon Schuster in October 1993.In Search of Stones A Pilgrimage of Faith, Reason and Discovery was published by Hyperion in April 1995 It is also illustrated by his son, Christopher It has been hailed by Publisher s Weekly as a quirky, magical blend of autobiography, travel, spiritual meditation, history and Arthurian legend A second novel In Heaven As On Earth A Vision of the Afterlife, was published by Hyperion in the spring of 1996.The Road Less Traveled and Beyond Spiritual Growth in an Age of Anxiety, is a synthesis of all Dr Peck s work and was published by Simon Schuster in January 1997.With his background in medicine, psychiatry and theology he has also been in a unique position to write Denial of the Soul Spiritual and Medical Perspectives in Euthanasia and Mortality, this first topical book, published by Harmony Books Crown in April 1997.Golf and the Spirit Lessons for the Journey was published by Harmony Books in 1999 It too is illustrated by Christopher Peck.Dr Peck was a nationally recognized authority on the relationship between religion and science, and the science o

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  • The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth
  • M. Scott Peck
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  • 07 August 2018
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10 thoughts on “The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

  1. says:

    It gets four stars for the simple truth of the opening lines Life is difficult This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it Once we truly know that life is difficult once we truly understand and accept it then life is no longer difficult Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters It amazes me how much damage I have done by expecting life to be something other than difficult It gets four stars for the simple truth of the opening lines Life is difficult This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it Once we truly know that life is difficult once we truly understand and accept it then life is no longer difficult Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters It amazes me how much damage I have done by expecting life to be something other than difficult and how much easier my life is when I accept that it is difficult and that I will be uncomfortable

  2. says:

    The author has delved deep into, with profound insights, on what really causes unhappiness in our life He asserts that it is precisely in avoiding our problems and hurdles that we suffer in our life it is the pain and suffering caused by difficulties in life that we have to meet in order to grow mentally and spiritually We cannot solve life s problems except by solving them.The following were the key takeawaysLIFE IS DIFFICULT This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths It is a gre The author has delved deep into, with profound insights, on what really causes unhappiness in our life He asserts that it is precisely in avoiding our problems and hurdles that we suffer in our life it is the pain and suffering caused by difficulties in life that we have to meet in order to grow mentally and spiritually We cannot solve life s problems except by solving them.The following were the key takeawaysLIFE IS DIFFICULT This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it Once we truly know that life is difficult once we truly understand and accept it then life is no longer difficult Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters Without discipline we can solve nothing With only some discipline we can solve only some problems With total discipline we can solve all problems A person who has the ability to delay gratification has the key to psychological maturity, whereas impulsiveness is a mental habit that, in denying opportunities to experience pain, creates neuroses Most large problems we have are the result of not facing up to earlier, smaller problems, of failing to be dedicated to the truth The great mistake most people make is believing that problems will go away of their own accord

  3. says:

    An extraordinary book about Life and the art of Living It was the most complete and indepth book about personal development from which one become muchaware of the nature of all kinds of relationships This book will help to shape your vision of Life Please, just read it Your perspective about things will never be the same Notable, indeed

  4. says:

    Dr Peck s first doorstop Inexplicably, this sorry waste of time and paper remained on the NYT Bestseller list for something like ten years I don t know why I m surprised, actually this is the same country that elected George W Bush twice, not to mention the vulgar talking yam who now sits in the Oval Office If you were unfortunate enough to buy this, or have it given to you as a gift, do yourself a favor now put this one the shelf right beside that other pop pseudo psychology piece Dr Peck s first doorstop Inexplicably, this sorry waste of time and paper remained on the NYT Bestseller list for something like ten years I don t know why I m surprised, actually this is the same country that elected George W Bush twice, not to mention the vulgar talking yam who now sits in the Oval Office If you were unfortunate enough to buy this, or have it given to you as a gift, do yourself a favor now put this one the shelf right beside that other pop pseudo psychology piece of shit Michelle Remembers Leave them both within spitting distance, and leave room next to them for anything written by Dr Fool Do not open any of them, ever

  5. says:

    Probably the most important book on love, psychological and spiritual development that I have ever read Clear, straightforward, concise, very accessible Don t be put off by the criticism of the numerous references to God and grace in the later chapters I found them useful and open in the sense that God might be substituted by universe , energy , oneness or whatever you might want to call it There is no need to believe in a deity If you do find the reference to concepts of onen Probably the most important book on love, psychological and spiritual development that I have ever read Clear, straightforward, concise, very accessible Don t be put off by the criticism of the numerous references to God and grace in the later chapters I found them useful and open in the sense that God might be substituted by universe , energy , oneness or whatever you might want to call it There is no need to believe in a deity If you do find the reference to concepts of oneness or God problematic, just read the first parts and leave the rest for another time It s well worth it

  6. says:

    This book is by now a classic in the field of psychology Yet, it s written for a mainstream audience and goes through some of the basic tenets of psychological theory e.g attachment, individuation, boundaries, delayed gratification but does so through the lense of spiritual growth Peck is an excellent writer and fine therapist who is sensitive to the issues of spirituality The case examples and stories in the book really bring his concepts and ideas together This is a book that I would re This book is by now a classic in the field of psychology Yet, it s written for a mainstream audience and goes through some of the basic tenets of psychological theory e.g attachment, individuation, boundaries, delayed gratification but does so through the lense of spiritual growth Peck is an excellent writer and fine therapist who is sensitive to the issues of spirituality The case examples and stories in the book really bring his concepts and ideas together This is a book that I would recommend to therapy clients who are wanting to understand how their religious beliefs are inline with the goals of psychotherapy

  7. says:

    I initially picked up this book because I was told that this author was the inspiration for a women s retreat I went to a couple years ago However, I found no connection to the theme of the retreat and this book Initially I found Peck s theories on discipline appealing He promoted fundamental ideas of Buddhism, such as life is suffering and only through acceptance of that suffering can we truly live and be free of it He believes that the pursuit of the truth regardless of the pain involved i I initially picked up this book because I was told that this author was the inspiration for a women s retreat I went to a couple years ago However, I found no connection to the theme of the retreat and this book Initially I found Peck s theories on discipline appealing He promoted fundamental ideas of Buddhism, such as life is suffering and only through acceptance of that suffering can we truly live and be free of it He believes that the pursuit of the truth regardless of the pain involved is fundamental to mental health, and that only through valuing ourselves can we value life and love those around us.However, while reading examples of cases that Peck has worked on in psychotherapy I felt that his confidence in his prognosis s and what he thought his clients ought to do was rather pretentious Further as I read I got the suspicion that Peck was rather homophobic or at least that he thought homosexuality was a sign of poor mental health First of all, in all his discussions on love and relationships not once does he relate his theories in the context of a homosexual relationship Second he uses examples of actions that his clients took to move toward better mental health including an example of a young homosexual boy summoning the strength to ask a girl out I was starting to really dislike this author at this point, but it was the next few pages that killed it for me.Halfway through the book where Peck is saying that love is discipline, he thought it appropriate to use slavery as a metaphor He states, While one should not be slave to one s feelings, self discipline does not mean the squashing of one s feelings into nonexistence I frequently tell my patients that their feelings are their slaves and that the art of self discipline is like the art of slaving owning I can t believe he refers to slave owning as an art He continues, First of all, one s feelings are the source of one s energy they provide the horsepower, or slave power, that makes it possible for us to accomplish the task of living Since they work for us, we should treat them with respect It gets worse, One type of slave owner does not discipline his slaves, gives them no structure, sets them no limits, provides them with no direction and does not make it clear whose the boss What happens, of course, is that in due time his slaves stop working and begin moving into the mansion, raiding the liquor cabinet and breaking the furniture, and soon the slave owner finds he is the slave of his slaves Scott Peck authorphycologisthomophobe.racist..got it I m done with this book

  8. says:

    The Timeless Game of Problems What comes to break you was sent to make you Problems belong to mankind since Adam and Eve They stick to us as invisible organs and have no intention to leave Like brain ticks, they keep pestering our lives infecting our peace But where would we be without our hideous tedious problems Aren t they the indispensable tools that lead us straight to the core of our potential The alarm Clocks of our dormant abilities So why don t we gratefully embrace them instea The Timeless Game of Problems What comes to break you was sent to make you Problems belong to mankind since Adam and Eve They stick to us as invisible organs and have no intention to leave Like brain ticks, they keep pestering our lives infecting our peace But where would we be without our hideous tedious problems Aren t they the indispensable tools that lead us straight to the core of our potential The alarm Clocks of our dormant abilities So why don t we gratefully embrace them instead of thoroughly hate them Shouldn t we welcome our precious obnoxious problems with a happy smile instead of a disgusted sneer At its core problems are a challenge an endless game we shall be playing till death takes us apartDealing with problems in a positive way would make a hell of a difference in human lives That s why we should all read this book it will turn us into much better problem solvers In a sense, problems can be compared to diamonds they both last forever So if you like diamonds, you can also like problems All being said, the best end I found to this review was a chorus of a quite famous tune we all know about Problems are forever, forever, forever Or alternately I can t liiiiiivvvveeeee, if living is without them

  9. says:

    A very insightful book authored by a psychologist psychiatrist who reveals the secrets to fulfilling, healthy, meaningful and lasting relationships It really makes you see yourself and others in a different light, as well as words and concepts we think we understand His hallmark argument is that we so often view love as a noun instead of a verb as something that just happens to us or doesn t happen to us, instead of an ongoing task we must work atthat work, that action is love In fact, A very insightful book authored by a psychologist psychiatrist who reveals the secrets to fulfilling, healthy, meaningful and lasting relationships It really makes you see yourself and others in a different light, as well as words and concepts we think we understand His hallmark argument is that we so often view love as a noun instead of a verb as something that just happens to us or doesn t happen to us, instead of an ongoing task we must work atthat work, that action is love In fact, something I clearly remember is his point that when people feel as though they ve fallen out of love , it is then that the opportunity for true love to grow is at its greatest Not at all written in a preachy, self help sort of way It s very interesting, full of a lot of great anecdotes

  10. says:

    This book is second only to the bible to me It teaches you what love is What love is not Why old fashioned values like honesty, hard work, discipline and integrity are important Every person should read it This book should be required reading in high school or college.

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