The Writer


Ed Mendelowitz’s writing resides on the gnostic frontiers of psychology in its poetic interweaving of art, literature, music, cinema, religion, philosophy and clinical narrative. With numerous publications on a wide range of themes related to psychology, psychotherapy and the broader humanities, Dr. Mendelowitz is the author of ETHICS AND LAO-TZU: Intimations of Character–a poignant and multi-faceted meditation on suffering, pursuance, and what we may call life conduct in modern times. Several of his essays, as well as an excerpt from his book, are available here.

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  • “I love your personal writing—and the freedom of mind and spirit that informs it!”                                                                                                         Robert Coles, MD
    Harvard University
    Author of Children of Crisis, The Spiritual Life of Children,The Mind’s Fate, The Call of Stories, The Secular Mind                                                                                                                                                                        
  • “I really love it . . . It demonstrates what everything you write does–an uncanny ability to speak across genres, enriching each piece rather than compromising its essence. It’s a rare talent.”                                              Robert Abzug                                                                                                      Audre and Bernard Rapaport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies           Professor of History and American Studies Emeritus                                         University of Texas at Austin                                                                                               Author, Psyche and Soul: The Spiritual Odyssey of Rollo May                                   
  • “I love your personal writing—and the freedom of mind and spirit that informs it!”                                                                                                         Robert Coles, MD
    Harvard University
    Author of Children of Crisis, The Spiritual Life of Children,The Mind’s Fate, The Call of Stories, The Secular Mind    
  • “He writes like an European, not an American (at least not a contemporary American psychologist!).”                                                                             Sasha Watkins, LMHC                                                                                 Associate Director, Student and Academic Services                                                    Harvard Business School
  • “Ed Mendelowitz may be the best writer in contemporary psychology.”  Louis Hoffman, Ph.D.
    Saybrook University
    Editor of Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy, Existential Psychotherapy East-West, Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives about Multiculturalism and Diversity; Becoming an Existential-Humanistic Therapist: Narratives from the Journey

  • “It’s a beautiful book you wrote. I’m just sitting here reading it again and you do such a good job weaving my story into a greater narrative —I’m honored to be included in such a special work.”
    “Kristina,” whose extraordinary story is told in Ethics and Lao-Tzu: Intimations of Character”                                                                                                
  • “Ed Mendelowitz is a careful, thoughtful scholar, an articulate presenter of ideas, and one of the most ethical, honest people I know. He is an original, creative thinker who integrates insights from a number of disciplines including psychology, religion, philosophy, literature, mythology and the creative arts— challenging us and opening new vistas.”                               David Elkins, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Pepperdine University
    Author of Beyond Religion, The Clinical Manifesto
  • “As soon as I get something from Mendelowitz, it’s hard for me not to stop everything I’m doing and immerse myself in his writing. He is both extraordinarily fluent and readable.”Robert Kramer, Ph.D.
    George Washington University
    Editor of A Psychology of Difference, The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank
  • “Ed Mendelowitz is a great gift to the psychology of literature! He has made unique contributions to the fields of theoretical and philosophical psychology.”E. Mark Stern, Ed. D.
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology
    Iona College
    Editor-in-Chief, The Psychotherapy Patient
  • “Where is the creativity these days? Rollo and I always always hoped you would be the one to carry on his creative work. You have much more work to do!”                                                                                                                 Georgia May
  • “I just read your piece in the Society for Humanistic Psychology newsletter. It’s brilliant!”Scott Churchill, Ph.D.
    Department of Psychology
    University of Dallas
    Editor-in-Chief, The Humanistic Psychologist
  • “One of my editorial perks is reading papers in advance. Your latest (and I have only had time to read the abstract and first half, mind you) epitomizes what I love about so much about your writing (though that term fails to capture the depth, artistry, and genius of your work). This is another masterpiece. Or should I just say, this is quintessential Ed Mendelowitz?”Shawn Rubin, Ph.D.
    Saybrook University
    Past Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology                                                   Past President, Society for Humanistic Psychology
  • “Ed Mendelowitz is the poet laureate of existential psychology.”                    Kirk Schneider, Ph.D.
    Exisential-Humanistic Institute
    Editor of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology and Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy
    Past President, Society for Humanistic Psychology

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The Mystery of Being

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Mingus at Monterey

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Meditations on Oedipus

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