Attributes of Zen and Psychotherapy By Christopher J Mruk PDF
With over 80 years of combined experience in the mental health field, Mruk and Hartzell explore the role of spirituality and religion in treatment and provide a sound clinical and academic rationale for integrating principles of Zen and traditional psychotherapy. They offer help to clinicians, supervisors, and educators in understanding specific Zen principles that can hold significant therapeutic value, and how they are compatible with traditional, empirically oriented, scientifically based education and training, regardless of one’s particular academic or disciplinary orientation. Zen and Psychotherapy By Christopher J Mruk PDF
The authors, one a clinical educator and social scientist, the other a nurse psychotherapist and practicing Buddhist, present a fascinating dialogue on the “science” and the “art” sides of the art-science debate. This allows their different points of view to come together in both academic and personal communication, offering practical suggestions for achieving a balance between these two views on the helping and healing process.
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Chris Mruk, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, Firelands College, Ohio.
Christopher Mruk, Ph.D. was trained in general psychology at Michigan State University and in clinical psychology at Duquesne University. Dr. Mruk is a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where he received the University-wide Professorship of Teaching Excellence award along with a number of other recognitions including the Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Scholarship awards. His publications focus on psychotherapy, self-esteem, as well as positive psychology. They include over two dozen articles, six chapters, and two other books, one of which is in its fourth edition. Prior to the academic portion of his career, Dr. Mruk was a clinician who worked in a psychiatric unit in Grosse Pointe, MI; supervised a methadone treatment program in Detroit; worked as a crisis intervention specialist in one of the nation’s first two 24-hour comprehensive psychiatric emergency services located in Lansing, MI; served as a staff psychologist for a community mental health center in Monessen, PA; directed the counseling center at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania; and still consults as a private practitioner. Chris enjoys reading, writing, FPS video games, and most of all, spending time with the people in his life. At the time of this writing, his web site is http://www.cmruk.org.
Joan Hartzell, RN, MA, works at community mental health centers where she helps people who suffer from serious illness, and in her private practice.
Proportions of Zen and Psychotherapy By Christopher J Mruk PDF
- Identification Number : B0055FFB0E
- Publisher : Springer Publishing Company; 1st edition (July 1, 2003)
- Publication date : July 1, 2003
- Language : English
- File size : 1764 KB
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- Print length : 264 pages
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Reviews From Customers
June 18, 2017
Mediocre. The psychologist was biased against the psychoanalytic / psychodynamic perspective and preachy to the point of being annoying. The stories were folksy and not related much at all to psychological research. Overall I found this a difficult book to get through as I took a continuing education course over this material and found it boring with nothing in the way of originality.
A more loving opinion.
April 30, 2012
S. Stewart may be a Buddhist in that she may make an effort to practice loving kindness and compassion and is in search of enlightenment, but her review doesn’t reflect it. In my opinion, the information contained in this book is valuable and informative. It shouldn’t, again in my opinion, be judged on its English and grammer. For me, it is rewarding and even refreshing sometimes to read for the sole purpose of obtaing information and not be too concerned about the literary capabilities of the writer. I can always read Shakespeare or Mitchner. In this case, these two medical experts do not profess to be writers. Perhaps they could have had an editor rewrite for them, but if for some reason that was not possible, should the meat of the book be discarded? I don’t think so. We Buddhists should be able to be a bit more tolerant, patient, forgiving, understanding, loving and kind, and compassionate enough to be able to overlook the negative and focus on the positive. This book makes a contribution worth consideration, I think. Having knowledge (particularly about Buddhism) is not the same as having wisdom and enlightenment. Buddhism is something to practice, not just something to be contained in the brain as knowledge. For those who read this, please forgive any gramatical errors or poor English I have used. I just thought this book was and is terrific.
Mary Ann Frye Salotti
Professional Review of Zen in Psychotherapy
June 13, 2006
Zen and Psychotherapy: Integrating Traditional and Nontraditional Psychotherapies by Christopher J. Mruk with Joan Hartzell, published by Springer Publishing Company (2003) is a challenging book and makes a significant contribution to the field. The challenge is not it its writing style or readability as has been reported. In fact, objective evaluations for such things can be found by clicking on the link named “Concordance” in the first paragraph of the description of the book offered by .com. There one sees that the average of the three scales measuring readability clearly indicates that about 25% of books in general are more difficult to read. The same analysis reveals that although sentences are often long, they would not be a problem for anyone who has one year of college. This level of ability is quite appropriate for a book largely aimed at professional and academic audiences. Instead of focusing on such minor issues, professional reviews such as this one concentrate on more substantial matters. For another example, refer to the one found in the New Therapist at […]
What really makes the book challenging is that it deals with two problems which are bound to generate serious thinking and meaningful debate. The first one concerns two points of view that characterize Western thought. They create the great debate between Idealism and Realism that goes back throughout our entire culture to the ancient Greeks. On the one hand, there are those who feel that certain ideals, such as an inner self or even a soul, are essential to understanding human beings. On the other hand, others believe that if something cannot be based on observation, measurement, or experimentation, then it should not be a part of modern science or therapy. Second, the book also must deal with another conflict of equal magnitude, namely the contradictory values of the West and East. For example, the Western inclination to seek objective knowledge in order to gain predictability and control stands in contrast to an Eastern preference to let things “be” and to let them “go.” Although many disciplines and books can afford to ignore these two basic tensions as “merely” academic, those who want to understand human problems, reduce suffering, or help people improve their lives cannot.
Since the book seeks to achieve some degree of integration between these two basic positions, it cleverly takes the form of a dialog. Mruk, a professor of clinical psychology, eloquently speaks for traditional therapies, empirical research, and treatments that work. Hartzell, a nurse and counselor, insightfully presents the other side of the coin based on decades of practicing therapy from a Zen perspective. Mruk begins by describing the recent surge of interest in complementary and alternative medicine that is popular today and why the same thing is happening in mental health. For instance, he reports on research that says nearly two-thirds of mental health patients in treatment for anxiety or depression seek out alternative treatments. In chapter two Hartzell describes 10 basic Buddhist and Zen principles that have therapeutic implications for mental health work. Next, Mruk talks about where Zen may fit into the traditional scientific spectrum by convincingly taking a patient who suffers from depression through biological, cognitive, learning, humanistic and then Zen based therapies. In chapter 4, Hartzell presents actual clinical vignettes that show how she uses Zen principles to aid patients suffering from a wide range of mental health problems. She also discusses how Zen helps her deal with managed care, avoid burnout, and successfully practice for over 50 years now. In the last chapter, both authors effectively use dialogue to demonstrate that therapists, teachers, and others may incorporate Zen into their work and lives without compromising their professional or religious principles.
Of course, such different ideas and values cannot hope to be brought together in perfect harmony. Yet, Mruk and Hartzell do manage to create a serious, lively, and above all friendly dialog in which the reader may participate. Their attempt to come to terms with these issues is based on the concept of the “Middle Path.” For Zen and Psychotherapy, this road is one that avoids extremes such as having to be a “true believer” or a “real” scientist by emphasizing basic principles, especially meditation. The result may not convince those who are hard and fast one way or the other, but it certainly gives the rest of us a clearer place to stand in regard to these powerful issues. Finally, the book offers several solid, practical suggestions that may benefit clients, clinicians, and their educators.
Mary Ann Salotti, Ph.D.
California University of Pennsylvania
David G. Pond
excellent blending of two traditions
April 1, 2009
For counselors, therapists, healers and those in the healping professions, this is a real gem. The interaction between the authors, one from a clinical background and one from a spiritual, illuminates the material as a respectful dialoque, with the questions asked of each other, we would ask ourselves. Unique exploration of the material and very helpful.
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