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The Enchanted Loom reviews Mark Epstein's book, Advice Not Give


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Mark Epstein is a psychiatrist in NYC with a Buddhist understanding of growth and healing. In this book he explores the struggle that many of us have in the helping professions that prevent us from allowing natural healing processes to run their course.

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The Enchanted Loom reviews Mark Epstein's book, Advice Not Give

  1. 1. The Enchanted Loom Teasing sturdy threads from neuroscience masterworks
  2. 2. Teasing 10 threads from Mark Epstein’s…
  3. 3. Thread 1: The ego is not an innocent bystander. While it claims to have our own best interests at heart, in its relentless pursuit of power it undermines the very goals it sets out to achieve. When we let the ego have free rein, we suffer. (pg. 2)
  4. 4. Thread 2: Both Western psychotherapy and Buddhism seek to empower the observing “I” over the unbridled “me.” They aim to re- balance the ego, diminish self- centeredness by encouraging self-reflection. (pg. 4)
  5. 5. Thread 3: Making one’s life into a meditation is different from using meditation as an escape from life. (pg. 12)
  6. 6. Thread 4: The bottom line is this: The ego needs all the help it can get. We can all benefit from getting over ourselves. (pg. 18)
  7. 7. Thread 5: We do not let life’s moments pass easily; we are sub- consciously engaged in an endless tug- of-war with the way things are. (pg. 25)
  8. 8. Thread 6: Habitual and repetitive patterns of reactivity dominate the untrained mind. (pg. 41)
  9. 9. Thread 7: How we talk to ourselves is as important as how we speak to others. They way we think is as crucial as what we say out loud. (pg. 65)
  10. 10. Thread 8: If we are not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, we are suffering from pre- traumatic stress disorder. There is no way to be alive without being conscious of the potential for disaster. (pg. 80)
  11. 11. Thread 9: While it is not often talked about in such stark terms, psychotherapy to this day, does not shy away from romantic flirtation’s potential to unleash therapeutic change. Flirting is an exer- cise in creating and maintaining uncertainty. (pg. 97)
  12. 12. Thread 10: People are motivated by what are called the eight worldly concerns: gain and loss, pleasure and pain, praise and blame, fame and disgrace. (pg. 106)
  13. 13. Thread 11: While mindfulness encourages a clear-eyed view of oneself and one’s direct sensory ex- perience, it also has a hidden agenda. Its mission is to put the ego into perspective so that empathy is no longer obstructed. (pg. 158)
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