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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 1, 2014, 07:31 PM

5. I am in disagreement with much of what you have wrote.


I have never encountered a single Buddhist practitioner who is also a therapist (no matter what level of graduate training) that does as you suggest. I would like you to provide some good example to back up the claim.

You do not understand mindfulness. Judgement or non-judgement has zero to do with it. Mindfulness is simply awareness of objects or awareness of thoughts. One can be aware of judgmental thoughts but the mindfulness practice itself is neither judgmental nor non-judgmental.

'Right-mindedness' is an intricate component of any successful and effective method of therapy. Unless one strictly accepts the bio-psychological model that says that all psychological distress is caused only by chemical imbalances and therefore, can only be treated with medication, then yes, clients/patients of all levels of functioning are encouraged to work with their own mind extensively.

The very basis of CBT, a proven method of treatment for various psychological disorders, is not only becoming aware of self-defeating, self-shaming, self-castigating, etc. thoughts but also learning how to change them, to challenge them, and to have them without a strong negative emotional reaction occurring.

To suggest that 'right mindedness' is not an effective aspect of 'good' therapy is untenable to me. It infantilizes the patient and runs the risk of making them wholly dependent upon medications alone, therapists, doctors, etc. outside of themselves for their well-being.

With every disorder or dysfunction, an individual can be empowered and encouraged to act, think, and take control of what they can in their own healing, recovery, etc. To suggest otherwise is as laughable to me as your suggestion that therapists who just happen to be Buddhist are in any way shape or form being judgmental in their applications of mindfulness practices in these new treatment approaches.

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