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Learning How to Learn: Psychology and Spirituality in the Sufi Way Paperback – May 1981

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060672552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060672553
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 687,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doris Lessing, whose many writings include "The Golden Notebook," has received numerous awards, including Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Ben TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 July 2009
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This is no 'Caravan of Dreams', and we are far indeed from Idries Shah's beautiful tales of the Mullah Nasrudin.
But the concepts and themes proffered here do indeed follow on from his other works, and they have been deeply valuable to me over the years. I recommend it to those willing to take on something deeper and more challenging.
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Having enjoyed reading Shah since early encounters with his Nasrudin stories in the Sixties and Seventies I feel this is one of his more accessible and engagingly more useful books for the western world in the late 20th and early 21st centuries- a very worthwhile -yet still light enough and very accessible read.....Plenty of grist in this mill,too !
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Introductory overview of Sufism, learning & consciousness 11 Feb. 1998
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Learning How to Learn is for those who wish to learn more about Sufism or eastern psychologies, or who simply wish to have a better grasp on their own consciousness. It presents a fresh viewpoint on human psychology, learning and spirituality. The author illustrates that much of what we consider to be human thought is in reality little more than chains of habit or conditioning. Much of the book is in a question and answer format, presenting a comprehensive introduction to Sufic thought.
As with all of Shah's books, this one is provocative. You begin to see the operation of automatic assumptions in your life, and you start to ask yourself some challenging questions: Am I really interested in learning, or or am I more interested in gaining attention, approval, reassurance, recognition, power, comfort, etc.? Shah presents illustrations, stories and anecdotes that help you see yourself more clearly. For example, "If you want to assess someone, look at what he does, and ignore his protestations of 'being serious' - at least for the moment. If he is acting seriously, you will be more inclined to accept his claim to be serious. If he is only saying it, no matter how strongly he may believe it, we can only conclude that he has little or no idea of what he is really doing, and ... he is first in need of elementary instruction in straight thinking."
One of Shah's goals is to present the many sidedness and relevance of Sufic thought. He points out that Sufic instruction is highly individualized: What may be useful for one person, at a given time, in particular circumstances may well be inappropriate or even damaging for someone else, or at a different time, or in different circumstances. This may be contrasted with guruist approaches where one exercise or course of study is recommended for all comers.
Shah is not trying to sell us a new set of rituals. He presents no panacea. He is not recruiting people to become dervish dancers or eastern scholars. He is not calling anyone to come and sit at his feet (rather the reverse, actually), nor even to send their money.
Here he is presenting an overview of knowledge that is needed to become able to see fully, think clearly, act wisely, and attain one's full human potentiality. He illustrates that there often is considerable distance between those who actually are prepared to learn and those who merely believe they are. A first step in getting control of your learning is taken by recognizing the automatic assumptions and habitual reactions we all have that interfere with our growth and development. After we learn how to observe these, we can begin to break free from them.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
An important book 13 July 1998
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Essential, readable, based on common sense. Einstein had the insight that we must change how we think or destroy ourselves. This book indicates how. As one of many examples, the chapter on attention-exchange can be put to immediate practical use. The book sets a new standard of definition for the term "expertise" in the fields of psychology and the social sciences. I am guessing that this book will be treasured not just for years, but for centuries.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A book that will make you think 23 July 2001
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In this book, Idries Shah describes how peoples' basic assumptions and conditioned thinking prevent them from learning. He portrays the average person's mind as a closed system which new information can't penetrate. Fortunately, Shah also casts light on ways people can break through their customary patterns of thinking. His suggestions, rooted in an ancient tradition based on observation and experience, may surprise you, as they did me. This is more than a book about "creativity." It is about the prerequisites needed to become fully human.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The best introduction to advanced esoteric psychology today. 11 Aug. 1999
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If I were forced to recommend one single book to practicing students of esoteric philiosophies, this would be the book. In fact, I've taught classes and workgroups using this book as the primer. I consider this Shah's masterwork, and the stimulus of a turning point in my own practice.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Liberating Book 16 July 2001
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The idea that higher learning is not something that automatically takes place in the presence of a teaching influence, but that how to learn may itself have to be learned before real learning can take place, may be new to many people. But on careful consideration it makes a lot of sense. For the fields of psychology, sociology and education provide us with ample evidence that such things as wrong assumptions, incorrect approaches and idées fixes can pose formidable barriers to knowledge. In this remarkable and fascinating book, Sufi author Idries Shah shows how these and other seemingly innocuous factors can be every bit as hindering as high walls and locked doors - indeed even more so, since they are far less obvious to those whom they impede. I found LEARNING HOW TO LEARN to be a breath of fresh air and - as with Shah's other books - strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the development of higher forms of understanding.
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