The Road Less Traveled, Timeless Edition A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

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  • Edition: 25th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-02-04
  • Publisher: Touchstone

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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.

Author Biography

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 Editionp. 5
Prefacep. 11
Problems and Painp. 15
Delaying Gratificationp. 18
The Sins of the Fatherp. 21
Problem-Solving and Timep. 27
Responsibilityp. 32
Neuroses and Character Disordersp. 35
Escape from Freedomp. 39
Dedication to Realityp. 44
Transference: The Outdated Mapp. 46
Openness to Challengep. 51
Withholding Truthp. 59
Balancingp. 64
The Healthiness of Depressionp. 69
Renunciation and Rebirthp. 72
Love Definedp. 81
Falling in "Love"p. 84
The Myth of Romantic Lovep. 91
More About Ego Boundariesp. 94
Dependencyp. 98
Cathexis Without Lovep. 106
"Self-Sacrifice"p. 111
Love Is Not a Feelingp. 116
The Work of Attentionp. 120
The Risk of Lossp. 131
The Risk of Independencep. 134
The Risk of Commitmentp. 140
The Risk of Confrontationp. 150
Love Is Disciplinedp. 155
Love Is Separatenessp. 160
Love and Psychotherapyp. 169
The Mystery of Lovep. 180
Growth and Religion
World Views and Religionp. 185
The Religion of Sciencep. 193
The Case of Kathyp. 197
The Case of Marciap. 208
The Case of Theodorep. 210
The Baby and the Bath Waterp. 221
Scientific Tunnel Visionp. 225
The Miracle of Healthp. 235
The Miracle of the Unconsciousp. 243
The Miracle of Serendipityp. 253
The Definition of Gracep. 260
The Miracle of Evolutionp. 263
The Alpha and the Omegap. 268
Entropy and Original Sinp. 271
The Problem of Evilp. 277
The Evolution of Consciousnessp. 280
The Nature of Powerp. 284
Grace and Mental Illness: The Myth of Orestesp. 289
Resistance to Gracep. 297
The Welcoming of Gracep. 306
Afterwordp. 312
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