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Shadow, Self, Spirit: Essays in Transpersonal Psychology [Paperback]

Michael Daniels
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6 Sep 2005
Transpersonal Psychology concerns the study of those states and processes in which people experience a deeper sense of who they are, or a greater sense of connectedness with others, with nature, or the spiritual dimension. Pioneered by respected researchers such as Jung, Maslow and Tart, it has nonetheless struggled to find recognition among mainstream scientists. Now that is starting to change. Michael Daniels teaches the subject as part of a broadly-based psychology curriculum, and this book brings together the fruits of his studies over recent years. It will be of special value to students, and its accessible style will appeal also to all who are interested in the spiritual dimension of human experience.

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint Academic (6 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845400224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845400224
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Daniels PhD (b. 1950) is a retired university lecturer in Psychology and former psychotherapist. His academic interests are in transpersonal psychology, parapsychology and Jungian psychology, and he is the author of more than 30 journal articles in these areas. His first book "Self-Discovery the Jungian Way: The Watchword Technique" (1992) presents an innovative method of self-analysis. His second book "Shadow, Self, Spirit: Essays in Transpersonal Psychology" (2005) has become a standard textbook of transpersonal psychology. He is also the developer of three popular educational-entertainment websites: www.psychicscience.org, www.transpersonalscience.org and www.mindmagician.org. His leisure interests include magic, which he has practiced for more than 50 years, and he is the author of many technical ebooks for magicians and mentalists (available from www.lybrary.com). He is married with two daughters from a previous marriage. He lives in the Isle of Man.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Contribution to the Literature 15 Nov 2005
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This is a very welcome book. Daniel's essays all make headway in our understanding of transpersonal theory, and unlike many books containing collected essays this book has a clear theoretical and narrative coherence. One comes away feeling one has learned new things, especially about the shadow and the psychology of evil. In fact, the book is so useful for those seeking a broad overview of transpersonal psychology that I am making it the essential read in my module on Transpersonal Psychology at Coventry. A must read for any serious student of the subject, and researchers and academics too.
Dr Tony Lawrence
Coventry University
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for academics and students 7 Nov 2007
By Charley
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This book gives a great insight into the history and nature of Transpersonal Psychology, There is no attempt to stray away from Transpersoanl reasoning or theory. My belief is Daniels tries to make sense and also explain the Transpersonal, whilst also trying to maintain the serious scientific context, which Psychology is continually bound to.

My impression is that Daniels is a serious Transpersonal Psychologist, whom has published articles in many Transpersonal related Journals. In fact I came across such articles before the book had been written.

My only concern is the lack of understanding of experiences in more negative social situations, however this is a problem more applicable to previous writers. At least in this book we see Daniels attempting to approach many transpersonal experiences which have been ignored in the past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good academic stuff 21 Feb 2013
By John Rowan VINE VOICE
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If you want a good rundown on the transpersonal from an academic point of view, this is a very good text. It gives you all the references and notes you will need, and is pretty unbiased in favour of any one school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For beginners and experts 31 Jan 2010
By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Before studying any subject, it's usually best to find some bearings. Transpersonal psychology, as the author of this text says, is on the margins of academia, despite having some practitioners with impeccable academic credentials. To my knowledge there are not many popularisations of the subject. Additionally, from a British viewpoint, it has an American accent. This book could be the ideal place for a beginner to start, as it addresses these issues and more.

There are good accounts defining what transpersonal psychology is, what it has to offer and of the ideas and controversies in the subjects. All the main contributors, such as Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, Stan Grof and Ken Wilber are discussed. There is an excellent bibliography at the end to follow up the discussions in this book.

However, this is aslo an excellent book for those well versed in the subject. Michael Daniels has some of his own ideas about how he would like Transpersonal Psychology to develop. These are also discussed with his opinions clearly separared from accounts of other people'd ideas.

This book makes and an ideal companion to John Rowan's book The Transpersonal: Spirituality in Psychotherapy and Counselling which also gives a good overview of the subject with equal elegance though a slightly different perspective. Both are highly recomended.
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