When otto fenichel died suddenly at age 48, anna freud mourned the loss of "his inexhaustible knowledge of psychoanalysis and his inimitable way of organizing and presenting his facts." these qualities shine in his classic text, which has been a beacon to generations of psychoanalysts. investigating the relationship between biological needs and external influences—the tensions and inhibitions that nurture neuroses—fenichel concludes that "neuroses are social diseases," arising from the demands of civilization on the developing organism. for this 50th anniversary edition, distinguished psychoanalyst leo rangell has written an introduction to
The earliest of the four hindu religious scriptures known as the vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any indo-european language, the rig veda is a collection of over 1000 individual sanskrit hymns. a work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early indian mythology, religion and culture. this selection of 18 of the hymns, chosen for their eloquence and wisdom, focuses on the enduring themes of creation, sacrifice, death, women, the sacred plant soma and the gods. inspirational and profound, it provides a fascinating introduction
Ervin laszlo's tour de force, what is reality?, is the product of a half-century of deep contemplation and cutting-edge scholarship. addressing many of the paradoxes that have confounded modern science over the years, it offers nothing less than a new paradigm of reality, one in which the cosmos is a seamless whole, informed by a single, coherent consciousness manifest in us all. bringing together science, philosophy, and metaphysics, laszlo takes aim at accepted wisdom, such as the dichotomies of mind and body, spirit and matter, being and nonbeing, to show
About the book in this monograph the author relates findings from more than 30 years of experiences and observations with bufo alvarius and 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine, in various user groups and individuals, both in the us and in europe. the term underground is used in referring to the explorations with these substances, in the sense that they were hidden - out of respect for the restrictions and prohibitions of mainstream culture. these are ethnographic field reports, first-hand observations from an underground sub-culture, accompanied by the experiences of a selected number of participant-observers.
Birth, puberty, marriage, and death are, in all cultures, marked by ceremonies which may differ but are universal in function. arnold van gennep (1873-1957) was the first anthropologist to note the regularity and significance of the rituals attached to the transitional stages in man's life, and his phrase for these, "the rites of passage," has become a part of the language of anthropology and sociology.
This text revision incorporates information culled from a comprehensive literature review of research about mental disorders published since the dsm-iv(r) of 1994. updated information is included about the associated features, culture, age & gender features, prevalence, course & familial pattern of mental disorders. the dsm-iv-tr(r) brings this essential diagnostic tool to-date, to promote effective diagnosis, treatment & quality of care. one can get all the essential diagnostic information from the dsm-iv(r) along with important updates not in the '94 edition. benefit from new research into schizophrenia, asperger's disorder & other
The first complete translation of a classic buddhist text on the journey through living and dying. graced with opening words by his holiness the dalai lama, the penguin deluxe edition of the tibetan book of the dead is "immaculately rendered in an english both graceful and precise." translated with the close support of leading contemporary masters and hailed as “a tremendous accomplishment,” this book faithfully presents the insights and intentions of the original work. it includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state in world
The secretive mysteries conducted at eleusis in greece for nearly two millennia have long puzzled scholars with strange accounts of initiates experiencing otherworldly journeys. in this groundbreaking work, three experts—a mycologist, a chemist and a historian—argue persuasively that the sacred potion given to participants in the course of the ritual contained a psychoactive entheogen. the authors then expand the discussion to show that natural psychedelic agents have been used in spiritual rituals across history and cultures. although controversial when first published in 1978, the book’s hypothesis has become more widely
The distinguished explorer and writer recounts his rediscovery of the bushmen, outcast survivors from stone age africa. faced with constant attack from all the peoples who followed them, the last of the bushmen have retreated to the scorching depths of the kalahari desert in southern africa. after a gruelling trek, van der post finds the bushmen, thriving in one of the world’s most inhospitable landscapes, with their physical peculiarities, their cave art and their joyful music-making intact.
A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. the structure of scientific revolutions is that kind of book. when it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.
New to our on the shoulders of giants series, this groundbreaking work of astronomy proposed a heliocentric universe in which planets orbited the sun-daring to challenge the ptolemaic ideal of the earth as the center of the universe. this essay by copernicus (1473-1543), revolutionized the way we look at the earth's placement in the universe, and paved the way for many great scientists, including galileo and isaac newton, whose theories stemmed from this model. featuring a biography of copernicus and an accessible, enlightening introduction, both written by the renowned physicist