Psychotherapy and Buddhism

Psychotherapy and Buddhism : Toward an Integration

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There is currently a burgeoning interest in the relationship between the Western psychotherapeutic and Buddhist meditative traditions among therapists, researchers, and spiritual seekers. Psychotherapy and Buddhism initiates a conversation between these two modern methods of achieving greater self-understanding and peace of mind. Dr. Jeffrey B. Rubin explores how they might be combined to better serve patients in therapy and adherents to a spiritual way of life. He examines the strengths and limitations of each tradition through three contexts: the nature of self, conception of ideal health, and process of achieving optimal health. The volume features the first two cases of Buddhists in psychoanalytic treatment.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.07mm | 1,100g
  • Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1996 ed.
  • XVI, 208 p.
  • 0306454416
  • 9780306454417
  • 1,473,902

Table of contents

Introduction: Psychoanalytic and Buddhist History and Theory. Beyond Eurocentrism and Orientcentrism. Psychoanalytic and Buddhist Conceptions of Self: Beyond Self Blindness: Psychoanalytic and Buddhist Views of Self. Health and Illness: The Emperor of Enlightenment May Have No Clothes. Psychoanalytic Treatment with a Buddhist Meditator. The Buddhist and Psychoanalytic Listening: Meditation and Psychoanalytic Listening. On Resistance to Meditation: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Spirituality and the Psychoanalyst. Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Towards an Integration. Towards a Contemplative Psychoanalysis. Index.
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`Highly recommended.'
`Buddhism is now part of the contemporary cultural landscape and no other non-Western tradition has made such a large contribution to the family of psychotherapies. Rubin has done a superb job reviewing that contribution, pointing out the perils, as well as the possibilities, and describes what it looks like in clinical life.'
American Journal of Psychotherapy
`... this is an unusually well thought out and clearly articulated contribution to the integration of psychanalysis and Buddhism. It is a balanced presentation suitable for those with their own inner conflicts and who are also prompted toward a spiritual quest.'
The Psychoanalytic Review, 86:5 (1999)
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