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Cognitive Humanistic Therapy describes a new approach to psychotherapy and self-development, based on an understanding of what it means to be “fully human.” In a unique integration of theory and practice, the book synthesises ideas from the cognitive and humanistic domains of psychotherapy and the religious worlds of Buddhism and Christianity.

Curbing Greed and Craving
Curbing greed and craving

As with curbing anger and aversion, curbing greed and craving is a problem not just for clients, but for therapists and the general public too. Greed means an intense or excessive desire for something – for example food, money or sex. Craving can be a characteristic of greed when it implies a longing for or yearning for something or someone to which a person is excessively attached. The emphasis in this chapter is on greed and craving centred around materialism or attaching excessive value to acquiring, accumulating and consuming wealth.

To date, with important exceptions like Horney (1937) and Fromm (1976), there has been little in the psychotherapy literature regarding the constricting effects of capitalism and consumerism on people's ...

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