Contemplative Psychotherapy: The Art and Science of Sustainable Happiness

The following article by Joe Loizzo is an excerpt from the Introduction to the book, Advances in Contemplative Psychotherapy: Accelerating Healing and Transformation, edited by Joe Loizzo.  For more information please go to http://contemplativebook.com

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

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