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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart shows us that happiness doesn't come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go.

Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds - Buddhism and Western psychotherapy - Mark Epstein shows how "the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego's need to do with our inherent capacity to be." He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control.

Drawing on events in Epstein's own life and stories from his patients, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart teaches us that only by letting go can we start on the path to a more peaceful and spiritually satisfying life.

©1998 Mark Epstein (P)2015 Tantor

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"An insightful blending of two disciplines, one analytical, one spiritual." (Booklist)

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beautiful and insightful

Would you listen to Going to Pieces without Falling Apart again? Why?

I am definitely going to listen to this book multiple times because it was full of insights about the way our minds work, and was written and read in a beautiful way, full of anecdotes and stories to illustrate his points, which for me is a super helpful way of teaching.

What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He's a very enjoyable reader and I loved his voice as the narrator of this book - it just felt right.

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I am reading all of Mark Epstein's books that I can get my hands on and so far this is my absolute favorite. It is inspiring, beautifully written, with exquisite insights into the human psyche. It made me very interested in the Buddhism/meditation/psychology similarities and relationships. It was super positive, soothing but engaging and full of exciting new ideas...basically one of the best books I've ever read.

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amazing

amazing read, amazing author, all together a truly wonderful experience. I can read this multiple times and always learn something new.

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Fell flat for me

I turned to this book after having listened to "10% Happier" by Dan Harris. The narration is poor, drags on and is extremely dry. Had this been a book I read, I may have ranked this higher by a star. Maybe. I enjoyed Susan Salzberg's "Real Happiness" book much more. Much more useful information.

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My bad choice - I was looking for more meditation help than psychiatric - oops!

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Enlightening

I’ve never undergone analysis but I’ve meditated for many years. This book was very enlightening to me about therapy. The stories were wonderful especially the encounters with Ram Dass and Chogyum Trungpa. Nicely read. Dr. Epstein was very relatable. I’m glad I listened to this.

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Catchy title, psychobable content

Respectfully Dr. Epstein, it is somewhat difficult for me to follow you, though I am too a psychiatrist. I think this is blend of developmental and psychoanalytic theory mixed with anecdotes supposedly from your patients and family and your interpretation as a link between all these. The only think I find valuable is the interpretation of Buddhism, thoughts, desires, etc, if you stuck only to that subject your book would be more interesting to me. I think it is this kind of analysis, could be one person's opinion rather than facts, that public shies away from psychiatry. It is difficult to relate anecdotes' of "patients" in a book so that others can find it relevant to their situation.

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too much psychiatrist language

this book is probably great for someone who understands all the historical references to psychology. i was not impressed.

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Going to Pieces

This book is very helpful for anyone trying to find their way in this world. I’ve always found the Buddhist perspective enlightening and everyone could benefit from a psychiatrists advise.

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very boring. I would like to trade it in for another book. I hated it

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Not the best

This is one of the books recommended by Dan Harris in ‘10% Happier’ but I thought a couple of the other recommendations from that book ‘Insight Meditation’ and ‘Real Happiness’ were much better.

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