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What is Zen Psychology?



??If people are confronted with the words "Zen" and "Psychology" in the same sentence, many will envision visiting some sort of guru meditating on a mountain top, while thoughts of "oneness with the universe" float through his head. People may also foresee a client in East-influenced therapy turning into a B irkenstock and bead-wearing "granola" who, at the hair salon, won't stop talking about her "mystical visions while in a transcendental state."??Warping the stereotypes further, people may associate "Zen and Psychology" with Dianetics, Moonies, Hare Krishna, or any one of the strange cults they heard about on "Oprah" and "Hard Copy." Are these stereotypes warranted? Is there any truth to them? What is Zen, anyway? Please, read on...

Is Psychology a Science?

What Is Zen?

Is Zen a Religion?

Zen Psychology

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References


American Psychological Association. (1993). Getting In. Wash., D.C.:APA.

Dutton, D.G.& Aron, A.P. (1974). Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction under conditions of high an xiety. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 30, 510-517.

Kalat, J.W. (1986). Introduction to Psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kinsey, A.C., Pomeroy, W.B. & Martin, C.E. (1948). Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. Phila.: W.B. Saunders.

Kinsey, A.C., Pomeroy, W.B., Martin, C.E. & Gebhard, P.H. (1953). Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. Phila.: W.B. Saunders.

McBurney, D. H. (1990). Experimental Psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.


Morehead, L. & Morehead, A., eds. (1981). Webster Handy College Dictionary. New York: New American Library.


Reps, P., comp. (1957) Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. London: Charles E. Tuttle Co. (contains ?The 10 Ox-Herding Pictures? and ?101 Zen Stories,? along with other sections. The two mentioned above can be found in various places around the net.)


Suzuki, D. T. (1964). An Introduction to Zen Buddhism. New York: Random House.


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