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Title: The Tao, psychoanalysis and existential thought
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: D. Rhee

Description: The purpose of this paper is to clarify some existing misunderstandings in the area of psychotherapy, existential approach and the Eastern Tao (Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu) by showing the common elements between Eastern Tao and psychoanalysis, and existential thought. The author compared the goal of Tao practice, namely, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism etc. with that of Western psychoanalysis, humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychotherapy. He concludes that these goals are the same and that the names are different. He also compared the procedures and processes of psychoanalysis and Zen practice. Sudden enlightenment and gradual training in Zen practice were compared with insight and 'working through' in psychoanalysis. Zen emphasis on relationship, ego strength and interpretation was linked with similar topics in psychoanalysis. The results of Zen practice and the central features of every psychoanalytic treatment were examined and found the same, that is, the resolution of, or transcending of, love (dependence) and hate (hostility). The description of a mature analyst and that of a Boddhisattva were compared and found the same. A trace of neurotic motivation remains but they are not influenced by it in helping others. The problem of theory and reality was discussed and strong emphasis on reality was described; in other words, the goal is directed at reality and theory is only a means pointing at reality. If you see the reality, you should forget the theory.

Publisher Place: Basel
Publisher: S. Karger
Normalized publisher place: New York, NY
Publisher country: United States
Publisher URL: http://www.karger.com/
Published Date: 1990
Subject: Zen
Transpersonal psychology
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology -- Clinical Psychology -- Psychotherapy -- Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology -- Transpersonal Psychology
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Zen/Ch’an Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- International Science -- Psychology -- Clinical Psychology -- Psychotherapy -- Humanistic Psychotherapy
Cultural Coverage: Euro-American
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
Language: English
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Source URL: www.karger.com/pps
Source: Psychotherapy and psychosomatics
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 53
Source Number: 1-4
Source Page Numbers: 21-27
Start Date: 1965
Frequency of publication: More than four times a year
Submissions: Guidelines for authors
ISBN/ISSN: 0033-3190
Location and access number: 2290901

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Date Last Modified: 2006-05-15 16:48:48
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