Featured Articles and Journals: Psychology

May 11, 2014
It's said, in traditional Buddhism, that over the course of our many lifetimes every being has been our mother. In traditional Asian societies, this was meant to help us see with the eyes of love and compassion.
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February 13, 2014
Image: Rodolfo Amoedo I wonder if you’ve noticed that when a depressed episode comes on, our bodies feel frozen. Moving feels like trudging through thick molasses, yet the volume of our thoughts are loud and clear: “You’re a loser! You can’t even...
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January 27, 2014
In my last post, I discussed how people use media (music, TV, video games, Internet, etc.) to modify their moods and as coping strategies.  On the one hand, both of these uses seem positive and beneficial, at least when used mindfully.
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January 6, 2014
In a recent discussion with old friends, we pondered different ways of experiencing the “self.”  One felt that the self was something true that can be found and held dear.  This could be accomplished, in her example, through painting -...
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January 6, 2014
If resisting change creates suffering, how can we address climate change in a way that is compassionate to the ecosystem and ourselves?
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September 23, 2013
As a scientist, one of the major things that attracted me to Buddhism was its empirical approach.  Buddha exhorted people not to believe anything simply on faith, but to test it for themselves.
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May 29, 2013
1. Having a child means that for a while (the period of time where they can’t be left alone for a few minutes without hurting themselves or destroying property), you no longer get to go to the bathroom alone.
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by Paul S
April 9, 2013
I spend a lot of time thinking about what people need from each other in order to feel connected, cohesive, and resilient.  Buddhism, historically, has not taken a developmental view of how we reach a healthy baseline of functioning in work,...
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April 7, 2013
Ordinarily when we can't handle powerful feelings such as pain or fear we avoid them because they overwhelm us or make us feel bad. This creates a self-reinforcing cycle of anxiety and avoidance, guilt and shame. What I call Behavioral Buddhism is...
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by Paul S
April 2, 2013
Caroline Brett conducts a detailed inquiry into how practitioners of Vajrayana, Zen, and Hindu Tantra natively distinguish between mystical and psychotic states.
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by Paul S
April 1, 2013
As various thinkers attempt to position Buddhism in relation to "Western Psychology," I thought IDP folks might benefit from understanding some of the movements that are lumped into the latter.
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by Paul S
March 6, 2013
"I'M HEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!" Startled by the booming voice and clenching our bathrobes, we looked up to see Dennis Rodman march in with his hands in the air.
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November 17, 2012
  Meditation can change your life and your very sense of who you are.  There is a reason it has been around for thousands of years and practiced by people from all walks of life and all parts of the globe.  There is a common myth...
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February 20, 2012
Tibetan monks and mystics lived in relative isolation for over a thousand years, living in a virtual laboratory for studying the mind. As a result, the insight that Tibetan Buddhism offers us into how the mind works is profound.
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November 9, 2011
"...what does your friend who is a yogini, what can she reveal that will help you in your Buddhist practice? Or what does the meditator have that might be enlightening to their friend who studies yoga?..."  
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October 31, 2011
  Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to better understand depression, it’s causes, and how it can best be alleviated. It’s not that I’m depressed--in fact I’m happy to report that I’m rarely...
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June 7, 2011
By Psychotherapist, Buddhist Teacher and Yoga Teacher, Michael Stone. In ideas of suicide, beliefs become dangerously polarized. In fantasies of suicide, the world becomes “outside” and separate from “me.” The world...
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June 6, 2011
By Psychotherapist, Buddhist teacher and Yoga teacher Michael Stone. No one ever lacks a good reason for suicide. —Cesare Pavese Many of us who have suffered trauma, pain, or existential loneliness have struggled to find stories to make...
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April 6, 2011
"By cultivating an attitude of friendship toward those who are happy, compassion toward those in distress; joy toward those who are virtuous, and equanimity toward those who are unvirtuous, lucidity arises in the mind."  Yoga Sutra...
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March 30, 2011
I've just read an article on LiveScience.com saying a researcher at Columbia University found evidence that strong emotions (in this case, breakups) can cause physical pain, validating what many of us knew intuitively.
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by Lani
December 16, 2010
From Vivian Diller in the Huffigton Post: Beauty is in the "I" of the beholder. Mirrors reflect an image that tells us superficially what we look like. Gaze at yourself and go beyond, past your reflection, and perceive who you are as a...
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