Psychology in the Light of the East

By (author) Margot Esther Borden Foreword by Michael Gelb

Publication date:

31 January 2017

Length of book:

288 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442260245

Psychology in the Light of the East presents fresh insights into integral psychology, incorporating the reason of Western psychology together with the holistic outlook of Eastern wisdom. Borden examines the philosophy, mysticism, and psychology of both East and West to convey how they reflect the evolution of consciousness. Grounded in a theoretical framework, this text includes valuable techniques for application and invites readers on a journey of self-knowledge and self-mastery, providing practitioners as well as general readers with the tools for great personal and professional development.
Holism, the mind-body reality of the human species, forms the heart of Borden’s Psychology in the Light of the East. This historical, yet highly personalized, introduction to integral psychology blends Western rationalist traditions with Eastern spirituality. Early chapters describe the ‘origins and development’ of psychology in the West and East, including manifestations of integral psychology—e.g., Ken Wilber's and Sri Aurobindo’s yogic expression. Borden, a psychotherapist, an international public speaker, and an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest, expertly highlights the remaining chapters by weaving various threads of integral psychology together. Therapist-patient vignettes illustrate each approach and serve as a handy feature for both students and licensed practitioners. The ‘Timeline of Psycho-Spiritual Belief Systems—East and West’ provides a concise overview of parallel and diverging directions over the past 2.5 million years. This text is a thorough examination and is most appropriate for those individuals interested in this form of psychology.

Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals.