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Seminars, Workshops & Groups



Course Offered through LAISPS Extension 
Saturday October 13, 2018   1-4 p.m.                                                                     Registration @ www.LAISPS.org

Course Description:

Conceptual clarity about “the self” is essential to our understanding of the process of psychotherapeutic change.    Once the complex meanings of “self” have been appropriately unpacked, it becomes clear how and why mindfulness meditation may enhance psychodynamic work.

This brief course will first clarify the use of theoretical language.  The various meanings of self will be considered, beginning with the psychological self as an overarching category, and delineating the three primary aspects of self-experience:  regulation of affect, sense of agency, and continuity of experience.   Within this functional framework, subjectivity will then be described in a way that clarifies the similarities and differences between psychoanalytic and Buddhist views of self.  The contemplative method of inquiry and its applications in psychotherapy will be described.

Main Points To Be Covered:

  • Definitions and distinctions between the “psychological self”, “self-as-agent”, “self-experience”, “self-representation”, “self-cohesion” and “self-identity” will be presented with emphasis on the intersubjective origins of self-identity.
  • Primary aspects of self-experience— regulation of affect, sense of agency, and continuity of experience— will be described and explored.
  • The “problem of self” in Buddhism will be explained, with a focus on elucidating the concept of anatta (non-self).
  • The role of self-reflective awareness in the development of subjectivity will be considered. And finally,
  • The applications of mindfulness meditation and the contemplative method of inquiry in psychotherapy will be considered.