"Far and away the best written, most cogent, compelling history of our attempts to come to terms with the fascinating, terrifying monster of madness." -- Mark Vonnegut, M.D., author of The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity.
Edward Podvoll is a highly original thinker who possesses the ability to describe inherently complex phenomena in a remarkably lucid fashion. But permeating over and beyond his rare intellectual endowments is Dr. Podvoll's emotional sensitivity to the phenomena of which he writes. This book is eminintly worth reading, from cover to cover." -- Harold F. Searles, M.D.
"The treatment described here -- how to work with 'islands of clarity' and the innate intelligence that guides the healing process -- is a teaching for anyone interested in the transformation of mind, heart, and self. You'll rarely read a book that is so beautifully, lovingly written." -- Bernie Glassman, author of Instructions to the Cook.
Edward Podvoll, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, founded the Contemplative Psychotherapy Department at Naropa University, and directed it for twelve years. During that time he also founded and was the medical director of the Windhorse Project, a highly lauded treatment community known for its compassionate care.
This book was previously published as The Seduction of Madness: Revolutionary Insights into the World of Psychosis and a Compassionate Approach to Recovery at Home.
396 pages. Paperback.