Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology

Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology

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Harris L. Friedman & Glenn Hartelius. (2013). The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester, West Sussex, P019 8SQ, United Kingdom. Pages:xxx+706.

This hand book contains with contributions from more than 50 reputed scholars. This is the most inclusive resource on transpersonal psychology, which advocates a compendium approach to human well-being, integrating ancient beliefs and modern knowledge. Proponents view the field as encompassing Jungian principles, psychotherapeutic techniques such as Holotropic Breath work, and the meditative practices found in Hinduism and Buddhism.

The chapters in this handbook cover a wide range of viewpoints that together illuminate transpersonal psychology. Many in the founding generation of the field are approaching retirement; a few have retired or passed from the ranks. This work brings together the scholarship of many of the senior scholars. It is stated that it represents not only a distillation of the wisdom of those who formed the field, but also the sharing of the mantle with a new generation who will carry transpersonal psychology forward.

Needless to say, this volume provides a milestone for transpersonal psychology as a discipline coming of age. It reflects its many successes, as well as points to areas in which considerable work is still required. Within the ranks of those who consider themselves transpersonal psycholo9gists is great diversity, as not all perspectives are in accord with each other, but collectively they address the whole gamut that makes for transpersonal psychology, which can be seen as they are brought together here. Transpersonal psychology owes appreciation to the efforts of Harris Friedman and Glenn Hartelius who, as editors of this handbook, have drawn together a rich collection of chapters, which can now serve as the starting place for those who want to become acquainted with its diversity. More than ever before, a transpersonal view that can integrate not only the field of psychology, but that can also provide an inspiring framework for understanding humanity's essential connection to the cosmos, is needed for human adaptation and flourishing.

There is a wide variety of illuminating ideas that focus on Transpersonal Methodologies. Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud provide an overview of the unique methodological challenge in their chapters, "Transpersonal Research and Future Directions." In such a way Charles Laughlin and Adam Rock share a uniquely transpersonal research perspective in "Neuro-phenomenology: Enhancing the Experimental and Cross-Cultural study of Brain and Experience." Next, Douglas A. MacDonald and one of us(Friedman) present" Quantitative Assessment of Transpersonal and Spiritual Constructs" as a way Psychology: The Advantages of Middle-Range Theory." Rounding out this section, Douglas A. MacDonald writes on the "Philosophical Underpinnings of Transpersonal Psychology of using conventional psychological methods applied to nonconventional transpersonal material. …

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