Wednesday, February 2, 2011

If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him: The Pilgrimage Of Psychotherapy Patients by Sheldon B. Kopp

Rating 3/5

There are a lot of good ideas in this book, and much of it is compelling reading. Still, I found myself turned off when the author wrote about himself. He seems a bit holier-than-thou at certain points, even though (or perhaps because) he takes pains to repeat that he's just an ordinary guy like everyone else. He says that, but he also seems to try infuse his descriptions of his experience with a mystical quality. Maybe it's just me. Also, it kind of ruins his credibility when he says things like, "Homosexuality is heterosexuality gone astray." I know that was the accepted "diagnosis" at the time the book was written, but it calls into question everything else he has to say. Nonetheless, it's worth reading. Take what you can and discard the rest.

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