Beyond Happiness: Deepening the Dialogue Between Buddhism, Psychotherapy and the Mind Sciences

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Karnac Books, 2008 - 193 pages
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In Beyond Happiness, Gay Watson deepens the discussion between Buddhist thought and psychotherapy and the new findings of neuroscience.

Buddhist teachings are concerned with a way of living and engage most resonantly with practice rather than with theory, thus the conversation between Buddhism and psychotherapy has been a particularly fruitful one. In search of a way to happiness, Buddha set out to explore our experience and, in so doing, presented what may well be called the earliest psychology, an experiential exploration of subjectivity. In the West, for much of the twentieth century, psychology (science) and psychotherapy (practice) had little to say to one another.

Despite Sigmund Freud's early wish to consider psychoanalysis as a science, academic psychology has had scant time for what it considered at best an art form, while psychotherapy found little of interest in psychology's lack of concern with subjective experience. All this has changed since the growth of the interdisciplinary fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and consciousness studies, and the development of new technology. Today, ideas arising from Buddhism and from contemporary cognitive science may encourage us to engage anew with our experience, our embodiment and our relationships.

A compelling and original synthesis of psychotherapy, Buddhist meditation, neuroscience, ecology and feminism, Beyond Happiness points to a more sane and compassionate way of living in this world at this critical juncture in human history.
  

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Table des matières

CHAPTER
15
CHAPTER THREE
31
CHAPTER FOUR
49
Introduction
63
CHAPTER
81
CHAPTER SEVEN
97
Introduction
133
CHAPTER
147
The enactive view
165
INDEX
185
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Gay Watson trained as a psychotherapist with the Karuna Institute of Core Process Psychotherapy, a Buddhist- inspired psychotherapy. Concurrently she attained a first class honors degree followed by a doctorate in the field of Buddhist Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University. She is the author of Resonance of Emptiness: A Buddhist Inspiration for a ContemporaryPsychotherapy (RoutledgeCurzon, 2001) and co-editor of The Psychology of Awakening (Samuel Weiser, 2001). She is currently associated with The Karuna Institute and Sharpham College of Buddhism and Contemporary Inquiry, and a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Buddhism. She lives in Devon, UK, and is a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust.

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