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This book synthesizes psychotherapy he believes both are valuable yet incomplete. His call for a (p. 9) multidimensional perspective describes Buddhism as near sighted, microscopic, romantically oriented story, non self centered, heterogeneous, particle oriented, while PA is far sighted, telescopic, tragedy oriented story, self centered, homogeneous, wave oriented [one might add content vs. process he seems unfamiliar with Mahayana, incorrectly saying (p. 19): Mahayanists believed in a personal god and a divine saviordoctrine of grace. He does, however, address drive structure ' p. 71: self nullification is self deception quoting Freud, evenly hovering attention [provided by meditation] is needed by psychoanalysts; resistance to psychoanalysis parallels resistance to meditation; p. 131: meditation is potentially subversive of our mode of living. Hence the resistance to it; Ch. 8: analysts facing suffering w/o reacting benefit from Buddhist equanimity to avoid/reduce stress, burnout; Buddhists can avoid idealizing leaders via PA; p. 165: Transference PA's can avoid pathologizing spirituality (e.g. even Ken Wilbur's model is orientocentric). Quoting Alfred North Whitehead, p. 57, One must look for the assumptions which appear so obvious that people do not know they are assuming them because no other way of putting things has ever occurred to them, p. 115, Freud: In scientific affairs there should be no place for recoiling from novelty, & citing pp. 62 & 193 Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, he proposes utilizing, p. 195, a wider range of tools including, Ch. 9, integration & synergy &, p. 197, open systems to create a Contemplative Psychoanalysis. In summary, this book is incredibly refreshing (though somewhat technical in parts) in that it begins an actual integration of the two complementary disciplines through an honest critique of each in light of psychological, sociological, & spiritual perspectives. Most highly recommended. After all, the middle way is inherently both Buddhist and scientific. Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an Integration (Issues in the Practice of Psychology)

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. Psychotherapy and Buddhism: Toward an Integration (Issues in the Practice of Psychology) Ñ 5 characters