Thoughts on: “Advice not Given” by Mark Epstein

“When we let the ego have free reign we suffer – but when we learn to let go, we are free.”


Dr. Epstein explores where psychotherapy and Buddhism can complement each other in the persuit of mental wellness.


The Buddha and Freud, Dr Epstein says, came to a similar conclusion. Ego is the enemy, the limiting factor in our wellbeing.


Sure! We can control our egos to a large extent if we put in the effort, but I’m not as convinced as Dr. Epstein, that Sigmund’s Id, ego and super ego – and the “self” of buddhism are too similar – other than that the burden of societal norms increase our suffering – and that breaking free of those bonds is the key to inner

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📝 The Eightfold Path: Right view, right motivation, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.


📝 “Death is Apart of Life. Don’t make a big deal out of it!”


📝 Right speech goes for both the external and the internal. Catch loops of bad self-talk!


📝 We all need to find a way to deal with the truth of impermanence. ”Change is the Only Constant.”


📝 Freud was a badass, Buddha was a badass!


Epstein gives you psychotherapeutic case studies and personal stories interwoven with Zen parables – All tied together neatly with each chapter representing one of the 8 fold paths of Buddhism.


I solid read for winding down and getting over yourself!



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