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Gretchen C. reviewed Going to Pieces without Falling Apart on
Helpful Score: 1
There were a few words of wisdom in this book, things I'll remember and hope to put into practice however, I feel that Mark Epstein could have said half as much with better organization and extremely more succinctly and the book would have been far more effective.
He offers almost no practical skills but instead rambles vaguely using examples. He doesn't ever really define the difference between "Going to Pieces" and "Falling Apart", something I found frustrating.
I think I'd reach for other books about surviving emotional crisis and save this one for last. Still, someone else may get something totally different from his writing style and the book may change their lives. Only one way to find out!
As someone that has failed time and again at psychotherapy and someone who has recently been studying Buddhism, I figured this was the perfect book for me to transition into a new mindset. About this, I was wrong.
When it comes to the Buddhist side of the spectrum, nothing was mentioned in this book that couldn't be found in a beginner's guide or "Buddhism for Dummies". Alongside this basic knowledge was enough psychobabble to make me put the book down for weeks at a time, uninspiring as it was. I have no doubt that Epstein has become enlightened in the ways he makes mention of, but the tactics and analysis he used do not come across clear in this book, and are not at all helpful.
"Eh." That is pretty much sums up what I think about this book. It may claim to have a "Buddhist perspective," but it felt a lot like crappy pop psychology to me... and I'm a psychologist! I canNOT recommend this book. Much better reads by Eckhart Tolle or any number of books to which H.H. the Dalai Lama has contributed.