Drawing on his professional experience, the author, a practising psychiatrist, suggests ways in which facing our difficulties - and suffering through the changes - can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding. He discusses how to recognize compatibility, how to distinguish dependency from love, and how to become one's own person.
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED - HIS FIRST NOVEL, A POWERFUL STORY OF MYSTERY AND REDEMPTION Within the self-contained world of the Willow Glen nursing home there are two extraordinary people. One is there to give care, the other to recieve it. Together they form a bond of love and trust that transcends their expectations and changes their lives.
STEPHEN SOLARIS - imprisoned in a helpless body since birth, unable even to speak, he has an incredible ability to touch the hearts of those around him with the power of his personality.
HEATHER BARSTEN - a nurse whose devotion to her patients surpasses her ability to fulfil her own needs. From Stephen she learns the importance of being true to her own heart. And she finds herself falling in love.
Then violence shatters Willow Glen. Residents and staff must confront a truly terrifying evil and face their innermost fears, suspicions and darkest secrets...
A BED BY THE WINDOW is an exceptional work, a gripping psychological thriller and a luminous bringing together of Peck's thoughts on good and evil, spiritual growth and the miracles worked by love.
The culmination of a lifetime of counselling, lecturing and writing, M. Scott Peck's major new work leads us to a deeper awareness of how to live rich, fulfilling lives in a world fraught with stress and anxiety. Writing with a depth of understanding that comes with the seasoned perspective of age, Dr Peck continues the journey of spiritual growth that began with The Road Less Travelled, one of the most influential books of modern times. To the famous opening line of that book - 'Life is difficult' he now adds 'Life is complex'. But the greatest challenge, he reminds us, is to learn to deal with life's conflicts, problems and paradoxes to find the true simplicity that lies on the other side of complexity. The journey to serenity and peace, Dr Peck writes, can only be made with increasing self-awareness and social awareness. There are no easy answers for complex problems. The work of learning and growth is hard. And yet he shows us that there is a way to think with integrity, to know the difference between good and evil, to overcome narcissism, to love and be loved, to live with paradox, to accept the consequences of our actions all through life, and to come to terms with dying and death.
`The overall purpose of human communication is - or should be - reconciliation. It should ultimately serve to lower or remove the walls of misunderstanding which unduly separate us human beings, one from another. . ' Although we have developed the technology to make communication more efficent and to bring people closer together, we have failed to use it to build a true global community. Dr M. Scott Peck believes that if we are to prevent civilization destroying itself, we must urgently rebuild on all levels, local, national and international and that is the first step to spiritual survival.
In this radical and challenging book he describes how the communities work, how group action can be developed on the principles of tolerance and love, and how we can start to transform world society into a true community.
A gripping book from the bestselling author of hugely popular self-help book, The Road Less Travelled. Leading psychiatrist and self-help pioneer Dr M.Scott Peck reveals his encounters with evil, during sessions with patients of his psychiatric therapy.
"The patient suddenly resembled a writhing snake of great strength. . . More frightening than the writhing body, however, was the face. The eyes were hooded with lazy reptilian torpor. . ." This is the second bestselling book by Dr M. Scott Peck. In this gripping psychology book, the leading psychiatrist describes his encounters during psychiatric therapy with patients who are not merely ill but manifestly evil - People of the Lie. This brilliant, disturbing book forces us to confront the darker side of our natures and to recogise that without spiritual and religious dimension, modern psychiatry cannot claim to understand human nature or behaviour. It is a worthy successor to The Road Less Travelled.
Golf. It's the ultimate head game. And when nothing but the best advice will do, along comes M. Scott Peck, M.D., the celebrated psychiatrist and author of the bestselling selfhelp book of all time, The Road Less Traveled.In Golf and the Spirit, M. Scott Peck writes a book for beginners and masters alikeand even for nongolfers. It goes beyond mechanics to explore the deeper issues, ways of successfully managing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of this most wonderful, maddening, deflating, and inspiring game.Playing side by side with M. Scott Peck on an imaginary course of his own designcomplete with illustrations of each holeyou will come to see the profound truths in this seemingly simple game. Appreciate that life is not linear. Come to understand your own anger and how to heal that which gets in your way. Accept the gifts of humility. Appreciate kenosis, the process by which the self empties itself of self. Benefit from teachers. Know that in weakness often there is strength. Realize that to experience the blessings of golf and life fully, you must accept the divinity that underlies all things.Like the bestselling volumes of Harvey Penick and Michael Murphy, Golf and the Spirit makes a unique contribution to the literature of golf and life. It goes beyond the body to address the heart and soul of the game, creating a rare opportunity for transformation in the lives of its readers, both on and off the fairway.It seems to me the human condition is most basically that we are willful creatures living in a world that, much of the time, doesn't behave the way we want it to. We live in the tension between our will and reality. Sometimes with great effort and expertise, we can change reality or bend it to our will. At other timesalso with great effort and expertiseit is we who must change by coming to accept the limitations of the world and of ourselves. How we do thishow we deal with the hazards of lifeis quite akin to how we deal with the hazards of a golf course.Sooner or later golfers who stick with the game long enough will almost always come to see it as a metaphor for life. But the word metaphor fails to do justice to all that golf has to teach us. I would go even further and say that, in its own way, golf is life and, not only that, life condensed. If we choose to use it as such, I believe that golf, next to marriage and parenthood, can routinely be the greatest of life's learning opportunities.From the Trade Paperback edition.
" La vie est difficile. " C'est par cette affirmation que Scott Peck, psychiatre mondialement connu et respecté, commence son livre. Si nous souffrons autant, le problème n'est pas lié à la difficulté de la vie mais au fait que nous croyons qu'elle devrait être facile. Cette attitude, en partie due à notre éducation et aux idées fausses que la société transmet, entraîne dépression, maladies, échecs et névroses.
Scott Peck nous invite à ne plus fuir ce qui fait mal en utilisant des subterfuges ou des excuses. A travers les récits de ses patients et des exemples issus de sa propre vie, il nous enseigne ce que personne ne nous a jamais appris : des leçons fondamentales pour grandir, aimer, s'engager et être plus fort. Le chemin le moins fréquenté vous permettra de faire des pas de géants dans votre vie en vous offrant des clés d'évolution psychologique et spirituelle.