Quotations for Contemplation
Human Development Books ~ 2008
This is a book of quotations gathered from a variety of sources in psychology and spirituality, especially Buddhist, Christian, Jungian, and transpersonal. The quotations are brief and can be used as springboards for contemplation. They are divided into three sections:
Two classic works in psychology
back in print from Human Development Books…
Love or power — these are the opposing poles of a choice every child is compelled to make, very early in its life, in a drama that sets it irrevocably on its path through life. This startling new insight into a formative experience fundamental to our development is the subject of Dr. Arno Gruen’s pathbreaking contribution to the psychoanalytic view of the human soul, and what distorts it into pathology.
The Insanity of Normality: Toward Understanding Human Destructiveness
by Arno Gruen — a classic work on the origins of violence, now available in paperback
In The Insanity of Normality, the psychoanalyst Arno Gruen challenges the assumption, made popular by Freud in the twentieth century, that humans are born with an innate tendency to destruction and violence. Gruen argues instead that at the root of evil lies self-hatred, a rage originating in a self-betrayal that begins in childhood, when autonomy is surrendered in exchange for the “love” of those who wield power over us. To share in that subjugating power, we create a false self, a pleasing-to-others image of ourselves that springs from powerful and deep-seated hopes for love and fears of being injured and humiliated.
Seven Challenges: A Workbook and Reader About Communicating More Cooperatively. By Dennis Rivers. Free, PDF e-book copies of this 100-page book are available at www.newconversations.net (Also En Español: Los Siete Retos Em Português: Os sete desafios) Topics include listening more responsively, expressing yourself more clearly, asking questions more creatively and expressing more gratitude. May be reproduced without royalties for home, school and business use. Price for printed copies: $10 spiral bound plus postage. To order printed copies or download PDFs in English, Spanish or Portuguese, click here.
The Geometry of Dialogue — A Visual Way of Understanding Interpersonal Communication and Human Development. By Dennis Rivers. Printed edition of e-book featured for free on the web. Explores the dynamic patterns the unfold within and between people. Relates talking and listening to long term processes of human development. Supports and explains various chapters in the Seven Challenges Workbook. Click here for extended description. 200 pages, 8.5″ x 11″, paperback. Printed copies are available for $20 (+ postage) from the Lulu Online Bookstore.