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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (28 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846941601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846941603
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.6 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,387,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Brazier is a Buddhist and a psychotherapist at the cutting edge of Other-Centred Approach, a cutting edge integration of Buddhist understanding of the mind with therapy method. Leader of the Amida training programme in Buddhist psychotherapy, Caroline lives in a Buddhist community in Leicester. She travels extensively, lecturing, running workshops and presenting at conferences. Always interested in the practical as much as in the ideas which inform it, she writes in a readable and often very personal way. Caroline has three adult children.

Caroline will be keynote speaker at the First Intenational Conference on Other-Centered Approaches in Berkeley, California in February 2011 and at the Amida Living Buddhism Conference in Leicester, UK in May 2011. Full details of these events and of training courses in the approach can be obtained from courses@amidatrust.com

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I shall surely never see guilt in the same way again, and I will listen with even more compassion to those so suffering from its stings. --Dr Gay Barfield, educator, author & person-centred marriage and family psychotherapist, and former founder and co-director with Carl Rogers of the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace; Center For Studies of the Person

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This book is a journey; an exploration into those areas of life which both fascinate and repel us. Through the weaving together of an account of a group of young people, fine grained analysis of the emotional and ethical basis of guilt, and illustration draw from a variety of life circumstances, the reader is drawn into the complexity of a subject which troubles many people in the modern world. At times both humorous and emotive, Guilt reveals the beauty of the everyday and the pathos of the ordinary. A book that crosses boundaries, this is one of the few books on the topic which will have you reading into the small hours of the morning, eager to discover the secret worlds of the characters whose lives illustrate its themes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kimaya on 25 Jan. 2012
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Brazier. C. (2009). Guilt: An exploration. Hants:O-Books

Guilt is a mesmerizing read; a fictional story unobtrusively interspersed with an observational commentary, exploring the layers of guilt being built up within the psyche of the characters.

Written from the perspective of an initially 10 year old Joanne, the reader is taken on a journey alongside her, observing aspects of her life as she grows up in the 1960s in a London suburb. Here we are privy to both her and her friends shared world away from the confines of parents, roaming the streets and entering forbidden places, as well as to the hidden secrets of their individual worlds. The group of children, seeking an away from home base and stretching the boundaries of their freedom, find an old scrap yard to play in. They end up befriending the group of men who work there, stepping into relationship with these adults and their world that they know to be deeply disallowed by their parents. Yet this very same edge of danger and its conflict with their unfolding happy reality intrigues them and entices them to return again and again. As they enter further into the unguarded adult world they find there, areas of darkness are encountered and important and life changing choices are made. As the story unfolds their turbulent personal experiences of relationship, conflicts of loyalties and expectations, boundaries and fears are gently uncovered. Through the eyes of Joanne we see a child's understanding of and sensitivity to the others in her world, alongside an internal struggle with a maturing self. The later part of the book turns to a retrospective view of her childhood from Joanne as an adult and to a differing insight that only maturity and distance can give.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Mccann on 11 Mar. 2009
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Caroline Brazier's "Guilt: An exploration" presents us with a unique and intricate meeting of the fictional world of a young girl and her friends growing up, with a non-fictional analysis of guilt. I love the pace of the book. Gradually, as each character in the story is introduced and brought to life, the narrative builds and increasingly draws you in. The journey the story takes you on stirs up many feelings - some more welcome than others - as it flows in and around Caroline Brazier's skilful and insightful analysis of guilt. This is one of those very rare books that works on different levels - a gripping novel that I couldn't put down, a moving and haunting experience, and a work to slowly savour and be inspired by. Quite brilliant.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 5 May 2010
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I was quite excited about the opportunity to begin learning about a subject I'm starting a PhD on next year - guilt - through what seemed like the subtle way of following a group of people through their life. I was only able to read half before getting bored and fed up. One thing that sold the book was the number of readers saying the book explains guilt in an uplifting way. I actually found this not to be the case for the majority of the book. I also thought the narrative at time sounded pretentious. I'd much more highly recommend 'Shame and Guilt' by Tangney and Dearing if you are hoping to learn more about the emotion that is guilt.
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I heard the author interviewed on Passion for the Planet radio and felt this could be a useful, addition to my counseling bookshelf. It is what it says it is "an exploration" and a useful book for counseling professionals or those who want to understand their guilt.
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