The Spiritual Art of Dialogue

Mastering Communication for Personal Growth, Relationships, and the Workplace
By (author) Robert Apatow, Ph.D.
The Spiritual Art of Dialogue
Mastering Communication for Personal Growth, Relationships, and the Workplace
By (author) Robert Apatow, Ph.D.

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Pages : 208

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892816743

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : June 01, 1998

Format : Hardcover Book

The Spiritual Art of Dialogue shows how the words we choose directly affect our lives. The principles of dialogue can help us to identify negative speech, unsound reasoning, and misplaced criticism, and to understand how we can use discussion as a form of play and as a means of discovering our true inner voice.
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About The Spiritual Art of Dialogue


A guide to how Socratic principles of dialogue can be used for  improving communication and developing satisfying relationships.


• Shows how to develop methods of dialogue for growth in personal and business relationships.


• Includes clear and detailed lessons on how to begin and hold a dialogue on important issues.


• Of great relevance to anyone seeking a higher level of communication.


The Spiritual Art of Dialogue introduces the reader to the lost art of dialogue--an art once used by such master philosophers as Socrates and Plato--as a present-day alternative to the therapist's couch.  With straightforward examples and invaluable step-by-step instruction, the author shows how we can take control of our own lives when we understand the strength that resides in our ability to communicate, and how the very forms into which we place our words can improve--and empower--our personal and professional lives. 

The frustration we experience in our relationships with lovers, family and friends, and in the workplace often results from our inability to talk productively with one another.  The principles of dialogue can help us to identify negativity, unsound reasoning, and misplaced criticism, and to understand how we can use discussion as a form of play and as a means of discovering our true inner voice.  The Spiritual Art of Dialogue highlights the importance of being truthful with ourselves, and about ourselves, so that we resist falling into old and destructive patterns of communication, and shows how dialogue has the power to help us achieve personal and spiritual growth by bringing us together--as friends--in a shared search for the truth and genuine understanding.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction


1.    The Classical Model of Dialogue
2.    Origins of Dialogue in Ancient Greece
3.    Rules and Principles for Dialogue
4.    The Ideal of Truth
5.    The Human Drama
6.    The Inner Dialogue
7.    Zen and The Art of Dialogue
8.    Love Relationships and Family
9.    Dialogue in the Workplace
10.    Creating A Dialogic Society: A Practical Proposal for Education

Appendix I: Tools for Critical Reasoning

Appendix II: Philosophical Midwifery For Personal Growth

Bibliography
Author Bio
Robert Apatow is a counselor, writer, and retired professor of philosophy and humanities. He is also a member and lecturer at the Noetic Society, an organization that supports the study of ancient Greek philosophy and comparative religions.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"This approach is very powerful and effective. It helps us get to the core issues and roots of disagreement. Apatow has put into words an ideal of communicating and relating to one another that can bring us to the self-fulfillment we all long to achieve."

Barry Goldberg , New Perspectives

Back Cover

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SELF-IMPROVEMENT / RELATIONSHIPS

“Competitors enter into a dialogue to ‘win.’ Friends enter into a dialogue because they seek the truth.”
--The Spiritual Art of Dialogue

“A much needed book in this age of inner and outer conflict. Robert Apatow teaches us how to explore the truth of an issue instead of dwelling on right or wrong.”
--Allan Hartley, Editor New Perspectives

The Spiritual Art of Dialogue introduces the reader to the lost art of dialogue--an art once used by such master philosophers as Socrates and Plato--as a present-day alternative to the therapist’s couch. With straightforward examples and invaluable step-by-step instruction, the author shows how we can take control of our own lives when we understand the strength that resides in our ability to communicate, and how the very forms into which we place our words can improve--and empower--our personal and professional lives.

The frustration we experience in our relationships with lovers, family and friends, and in the workplace often results from our inability to talk productively with one another. The principles of dialogue can help us to identify negativity, unsound reasoning, and misplaced criticism, and to understand how we can use discussion as a form of play and as a means of discovering our true inner voice. The Spiritual Art of Dialogue highlights the importance of being truthful with ourselves, and about ourselves, so that we resist falling into old and destructive patterns of communication, and shows how dialogue has the power to help us achieve personal and spiritual growth by bringing us together--as friends--in a shared search for the truth and genuine understanding.

APATOW is a counselor, writer, and retired professor of philosophy and humanities. He is also a member and lecturer at the Noetic Society, an organization that supports the study of ancient Greek philosophy and comparative religions. He lives in Laguna Beach, California with his wife and daughter.

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