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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 99  

Luminous Life: A New Model of Humanistic Psychotherapy

Consultant Psychiatrist, Manobal Klinik, A 2, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication15-May-2012

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Rajesh Nagpal
Manobal Klinik, A 2 Rajouri Garden, New Delhi 110 027
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Edited by: Partha Choudhury

Publisher name and Address: Bauu Press, PO Box 1945, Winter Park, CO 80482.

Published in 2011

Pages: 101, Price: $15.95

The author is not pretentious. 'In this book, the emphasis is on promotive and preventive mental health. This is a self-help book. We are not talking about severe mental illness here'.

This paperback, 100-page book transits a lengthy journey. The concept of 'being one's own light', i.e., being our own philosopher, guide, and friend, is spelled out. The existentialist-humanistic approach is sought to be differentiated from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches. Much emphasis is then given on the various dimensions of health. There is a lengthy treatise on physical, social, cultural, material, philosophical, and spiritual health. The 'cultural health' along with the 'material health' is the new and original addition to the concept of holistic health, as is the six-sided model.

The next phase of the journey is the discussion on various modules of forgiveness, self, connections, will power, relationships, and living with family. The heavy borrowing from eastern philosophy is acknowledged. Time, negotiation, creativity, and celebrating the common person are then elaborated on. The formulations are new, and there are practical exercises linked to each of the theoretical discussions.

The final module dwells on the orientation for a possible future culture and civilization. The sweep is grandiose and in the realm of philosophic fiction.

As clinicians we recognize the need of some of our clients for wholesome, commonsense advice. This book would possibly fill this niche.

It is hoped that the book is able to provide reasonable psychological understanding and support to the reader and not merely 'a feel good residue at the end of reading'.


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