Dr. Robin says one of her favorite books in the field of psychology is The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. "He understood something about mental health, about spiritual health—he didn't separate the spirit, the mind, the body," she says. “He knew that it was all one being."
One of the ongoing themes of The Road Less Traveled is the tendency many people have to avoid pain and emotional suffering. "[What] Dr. Peck is talking about [is] if we would stop running from that which is inevitable—which is that we will lose things and people—we will also gain much," she says.
Pain and hurt can be great teachers, and Dr. Robin says The Road Less Traveled helps people learn from their problems. "If you've got a problem in your life today, Dr. Peck is saying, 'Don't run from it, don't avoid it—it is actually the very thing that will call forth; it will cultivate your courage and your wisdom,'" she says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Sunday, December 8, 2013