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Title: From Moses and monotheism to Buddha and behaviorism : cognitive behavior therapy's transpersonal crisis
Authors: Seiden, DY
Lam, K 
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Journal of transpersonal psychology, 2010, v. 42, no. 1, p. 89-113 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of transpersonal psychology 
Abstract: Philosophers of science in psychology have traditionally defined the field in such a way as to keep it distinct from inquiry into external referents of transpersonal experience. The cognitive behavioral mindfulness therapies (MTs) provide a forum for increased assimilation by the mainstream discipline of knowledge and skills drawn from the perennial psychologies and technologies of transcendence, and for accommodation of psychology’s own world hypotheses, root metaphors and truth criteria. The science-metaphysics debate in psychology is presented, including the pragmatism of William James, the radical behaviorism of B.F. Skinner, and the functional contextualism of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Classical and operant behavioral approaches to mysticism are explored, with a proposal for an integral behaviorism incorporating ‘‘putative events’’ associated with anomalous states. The authors recommend a Transpersonal Cognitive Behavior Therapy drawing from the full range of wisdom tradition teachings in a manner that is entheo-syntonic with a given client’s world view.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/17710
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