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PSY 1864 - Buddha Meets Freud: The Influence of Eastern Religion on Western Psychotherapy or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesPsychologyRebecca Fortgang
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)Tu   3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.William James 950 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

Can meditation cure depression? Over the last century, Buddhism has increasingly influenced western psychology and the practice of psychotherapy. With the development of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction therapy in the 1970s, the integration of Buddhist principles in psychotherapy was first formalized in a unified treatment. Since then, multiple evidence-based treatments have fused eastern and western traditions for healing the mind. Meditation in particular has gained tremendous traction and empirical evidence supporting its many benefits ? psychological and otherwise, leading even the more skeptical to acknowledge its value. This course covers historical and modern influences of eastern religion on western psychotherapy, including the modern science of meditation and the integration of these practices into current forms of psychotherapy and positive psychology. Students will have the opportunity to use these practices themselves for a first-hand understanding of how they work.

Recommended: The Psychology Department requires completion of Science of Living Systems 20 or Psychology 1 or the equivalent of introductory psychology (e.g. Psych AP=5 or IB =7 or Psyc S-1) and one of PSY 18 or PSY 1861 before enrolling in this course; or permission of instructor.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.