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Meditative Psychotherapy

Introduction

1. Commonalities between psychoanalysis and Buddhism include the concern with alleviating suffering and illuminating human identity, helping us lesson anguish through cultivating clarity and equanimity, and exploring what it means to be truly human.

A. True

B. False


2. The author describes a pervasive tendency to idealize either Eastern or Western traditions, while dismissing the other, which he refers to as:

A. Pseudo-dependent

B. Pseudo-complementary

C. Pseudo-reciprocal

D. Pseudo-integrative


3. Meditative analysis combines meditation and yogic breathing with conscious communication and meaning, while creating an environment designed to illuminate and transform one's experiences.

A. True

B. False


Genuine Listening

4. Which of the following is NOT one of the three dimensions of meditative psychoanalysis?

A. Listening

B. Understanding

C. Liberating Intimacy

D. Illuminating Self-Awareness


5. Regular meditation enhances one's capacity to notice ordinarily obscure phenomena, lessens self-criticism, and increases one's tolerance of emotion.

A. True

B. False


The Incomparable Power of Human Understanding

6. In psychoanalysis, understanding is arrived at by translating what we examine into into what we already know or assume.

A. True

B. False


7. Two preconditions for being empathic include perceiving with an innocent mind and:

A. Engaging without preconceptions

B. Being attentive without judgment or interference

C. Uniting and being intimate with whatever arises

D. Connecting unconditionally


Liberating Intimacy

8. While attachment in Buddhism is the source of human suffering, in psychoanalysis, connections with other people are central to human growth and development and are indispensable to survival.

A. True

B. False


9. In contrast to most mental health professionals who attempt to place patients into pre-set diagnostic categories in order to lessen uncertainty, in meditative psychoanalysis, the therapist can respond creatively and effectively in the moment based on the needs of the particular patient.

A. True

B. False


The Marriage of Meditation and Meaning

10. A marriage between psychoanalysis and Buddhism, based on mutual respect, _________________, and a willingness and capacity to learn from each other, could offer profound solace and guidance while fostering abiding change.

A. An awareness of differences

B. Receptivity along with flexibility

C. The fundamentals of human development

D. Creativity that lacks preconceptions


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