Course: When All You've Ever Wanted Isn't Enough
by Rabbi Harold Kushner
The book of Ecclesiastes is the backdrop for Rabbi Kushner's exploration of the topic, 'What really gives meaning to life'? Solomon looks into this timeless question by exploring the paths of selfishness and self-interest, the pursuits of pleasure, success and wealth. Kushner expands these thoughts and looks into the challenges that psychotherapy addresses in helping people live authentic lives. The book will assist clinicians achieve balance as they move within the tension of encouraging clients to take personal responsibility without feeding self-condemnation and shame. Kushner quotes sources from Freud, Pascal, Piaget, Carl Jung, Erik Erikson, William James, Martin Buber and Erich Fromm. Gleaning from these spiritual, philosophical and psychological perspectives, he concludes that a worldview that is narcissistic, materialistic, uncommitted and pain avoidant, is one that leads to emptiness. Preparing for death is learning to live with meaning. Helping our clients invest their lives more fully into the things that truly matter; relationships, integrity and authenticity, is the heart of the book.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Rabbi Harold KushnerRabbi Harold Kushner is the Rabbi Laureate of Temple Israel in Natick, Massachusetts. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Columbia University. He is the author of several best-selling books, including When Bad Things Happen to Good People, published in 1981 and translated into 12 languages. Rabbi Kushner is internationally recognized for his writings and the comfort and guidance which they provide. He holds six honorary degrees and has received numerous distinguishing awards, including the Christopher Medal and The Yitzhak Rabin Award. In 1995, he was honored as one of 50 people who have made the world a better place in the past 50 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Giving Back Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging and facilitating philanthropic efforts of professional athletes and entertainers.