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Spiritual Bypassing
Author: Robert Augustus Masters

ISBN: 9781556439056
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 27 July 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4 x 1.8
Description:
Spiritual bypassing-the use of spiritual beliefs to avoid dealing with painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs-is so pervasive that it goes largely unnoticed.

The spiritual ideals of any tradition, whether Christian commandments or Buddhist precepts, can provide easy justification for practitioners to duck uncomfortable feelings in favor of more seemingly enlightened activity. When split off from fundamental psychological needs, such actions often do much more harm than good.

While other authors have touched on the subject, this is the first book fully devoted to spiritual bypassing. In the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa's landmarkCutting Through Spiritual Materialism, Spiritual Bypassing provides an in-depth look at the unresolved or ignored psychological issues often masked as spirituality, including self-judgment, excessive niceness, and emotional dissociation. A longtime psychotherapist with an engaging writing style, Masters furthers the body of psychological insight into how we use (and abuse) religion in often unconscious ways.

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