The Experience of Emptiness

by Clive Hazell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/17/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 276
ISBN : 9781410797698

About the Book

Very few books explicitly examine the experience of emptiness, and while several authors have examined the related phenomenon of meaninglessness, it has, for the most part, been regarded as a pathological sign. This book reviews the work of many authors who have tackled this topic and provides an integrated explanation for the experience of emptiness, showing that it is correlated with emotional growth and is thus a sign of an opportunity for personal development, even though not always an expected or welcome one.

By providing explanations for this experience, numerous case examples spanning a variety of situations and descriptions of different manifestations of and reactions to emptiness, readers should be helped in understanding themselves and others. This book should be of interest to clinicians, students of psychology and culture and anyone interested in human growth and development.

About the Author

Clive Hazell has a private practice in counseling and consulting in Chicago, Illinois, where he has lived for over thirty years. He received a PhD from Northwestern University, where he won the Phi Delta Kappa Research Award, and teaches at The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and DeVry University. Nominated in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and recipient of several “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” awards, he has published several articles on the topic of emptiness and developed a clinically reliable measure of emptiness and existential concern. His long-standing interest in emptiness was stimulated by encounters with Zen while studying undergraduate geography at Reading University, England. Other interests include guitar, songwriting, long distance running, bird watching and rugby.