Mark Epstein, "Advice Not Given," a FAN event

This special morning event is free and open to the public. FAN is partnering with the Counseling Center of the North Shore (CCNS) to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Illinois Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), Illinois Licensed Social Workers (LSW), Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Illinois Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC). Individuals seeking CEU credits MUST pre-register here

Our ego, and its accompanying sense of nagging self-doubt as we work to be bigger, better, smarter, and more in control, is one affliction we all share. And while our ego claims to have our best interests at heart, in its never-ending pursuit of attention and power, it sabotages the very goals it sets to achieve. In his new book, Advice Not Given, renowned psychiatrist and author Dr. Mark Epstein reveals how Buddhism and Western psychotherapy, two traditions that developed in entirely different times and places and, until recently, had nothing to do with each other, both identify the ego as the limiting factor in our well-being, and both come to the same conclusion: When we give the ego free reign, we suffer; but when it learns to let go, we are free.

With great insight, and in a deeply personal style, Epstein offers readers a how-to guide that refuses a quick fix, grounded in two traditions devoted to maximizing the human potential for living a better life.  Speaking clearly and directly, he offers a rethinking of mindfulness that encourages people to be more watchful of their ego, an idea with a strong foothold in Buddhism but now for the first time applied in the context of psychotherapy.

"Most people will never find a great psychiatrist or a great Buddhist teacher, but Mark Epstein is both, and the wisdom he imparts in Advice Not Given is an act of generosity and compassion. The book is a tonic for the ailments of our time." --Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth 

"Mark Epstein's Advice Not Given continues his important, fascinating work in exceptionally lucid language. It also offers its readers a collection of fables, vignettes, and personal revelations with the true capacity to rearrange one's perspective, even change one's life. I suspect many of these offerings will stay with me for the long haul, for which I'm very grateful."-- Maggie Nelson, New York Times bestselling author of The Argonauts

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:45am

Event address: 

Cornog Auditorium, New Trier High School
7 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399564321
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Penguin Press - January 16th, 2018

"Most people will never find a great psychiatrist or a great Buddhist teacher, but Mark Epstein is both, and the wisdom he imparts in Advice Not Given is an act of generosity and compassion. The book is a tonic for the ailments of our time."--Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth