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Perhaps no book in this generation has had a more profound impact on our intellectual and spiritual lives thanThe Road Less Traveled.With sales of more than seven million copies in the United States and Canada, and translations into more than twenty-three languages, it has made publishing history, with more than ten years on theNew York Timesbestseller list.Now, with a new Introduction by the author, written especially for this twenty-fifth anniversary deluxe trade paperback edition of the all-time national bestseller in its field, M. Scott Peck explains the ideas that shaped this book and that continue to influence an ever-growing audience of readers.Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding,The Road Less Traveledcontinues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one's own true self.Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, "Life is difficult" and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.
M. Scott Peck, M.D., is a psychiatrist and bestselling author. Educated at Harvard (B.A.) and Case Western Reserve (M.D.), Dr. Peck served in administrative posts in the government during his career as a psychiatrist, and later in private practice. For nearly two decades, he has devoted much of his time and financial resources to the work of the Foundation for Community Encouragement, a nonprofit organization that he and his wife, Lily, helped found in 1984. He lives in northwestern Connecticut.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to the 25th Anniversary Edition||p. 5|
|Problems and Pain||p. 15|
|Delaying Gratification||p. 18|
|The Sins of the Father||p. 21|
|Problem-Solving and Time||p. 27|
|Neuroses and Character Disorders||p. 35|
|Escape from Freedom||p. 39|
|Dedication to Reality||p. 44|
|Transference: The Outdated Map||p. 46|
|Openness to Challenge||p. 51|
|Withholding Truth||p. 59|
|The Healthiness of Depression||p. 69|
|Renunciation and Rebirth||p. 72|
|Love Defined||p. 81|
|Falling in "Love"||p. 84|
|The Myth of Romantic Love||p. 91|
|More About Ego Boundaries||p. 94|
|Cathexis Without Love||p. 106|
|Love Is Not a Feeling||p. 116|
|The Work of Attention||p. 120|
|The Risk of Loss||p. 131|
|The Risk of Independence||p. 134|
|The Risk of Commitment||p. 140|
|The Risk of Confrontation||p. 150|
|Love Is Disciplined||p. 155|
|Love Is Separateness||p. 160|
|Love and Psychotherapy||p. 169|
|The Mystery of Love||p. 180|
|Growth and Religion|
|World Views and Religion||p. 185|
|The Religion of Science||p. 193|
|The Case of Kathy||p. 197|
|The Case of Marcia||p. 208|
|The Case of Theodore||p. 210|
|The Baby and the Bath Water||p. 221|
|Scientific Tunnel Vision||p. 225|
|The Miracle of Health||p. 235|
|The Miracle of the Unconscious||p. 243|
|The Miracle of Serendipity||p. 253|
|The Definition of Grace||p. 260|
|The Miracle of Evolution||p. 263|
|The Alpha and the Omega||p. 268|
|Entropy and Original Sin||p. 271|
|The Problem of Evil||p. 277|
|The Evolution of Consciousness||p. 280|
|The Nature of Power||p. 284|
|Grace and Mental Illness: The Myth of Orestes||p. 289|
|Resistance to Grace||p. 297|
|The Welcoming of Grace||p. 306|
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