Contemplative Psychotherapy

The Art and Science of Sustainable Happiness

Science, Plasticity, and Mindfulness: The Rebirth of Contemplative Science

The very idea of “contemplative” psychotherapy may invoke some cognitive dissonance. “Contemplation” and “contemplative”—terms derived from the Latin contemplatio—have historically been used to describe a discipline of reflection considered central to introspective learning, especially the meditative learning practiced by lay and professional people in Western religious institutions and traditions. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, has evolved as a healing method of reflection and introspective learning, informed by scientific views of human nature, and practiced by mental health professionals in modern medical institutions and clinical contexts.

In his Civilization and its Discontents, Freud made the broadest possible case for a new science and art of psychotherapy: as a modern answer to the age-old

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