Love and Its Disappointment: The meaning of life, therapy and art
is published on 25 August 2009 by O Books
# Love as the primary drive in life
# It's inevitable frustration and disappointment
# The growth of character
# Other-centred psychotherapy
# Art as therapy of society as a whole
# The relationship between beauty, inspiration and other power
# The nature of the therapeutic relationship
# Finding the meaning of life
: This book outlines a really useful new position on centrally important points in psychology
, Hon. Fellow of Imperial College
: Brilliant, a compelling book... a power house of thought... The thesis that we are motivated by love, the inherent irony of existence - that as loving beings we are inevitably thwarted, and how we manage that - and how art and therapy can help us think about them, process them, inform us and occasionally heal us.
, Catholic, author, Professor, Loyola University
: ideal reflective material for both professionals and searchers seeking to live "the honourable life" - not only educates and helps us think differently but also, in Iris Murdoch's words, it "inspires love in the part of us that is most worthy."
, Jewish, Professor of Religious Studies, Florida International University
This is just what we need: a psychology based not on raw sex, or power, or fear, or mystical obscurantism, but on love and beauty. It is a book for all of us, professional and lay, western and eastern, skeptical and credulous.
, Buddhist, author of books on Naikan and Constructive Living
: Wise, insightful, compassionate observations that teach us that we find love not in ourselves but in that which we are devoted to - a thought-provoking paradigm in which love, art, spirituality and psychotherapy attempt to dance together.
Where to Buy the Book
We shall also have copies for sale at The Buddhist House in England.