Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
A review of undergraduate texts marketed as providing an introduction to clinical psychology located no chapters devoted to the emerging practice of integrating Eastern philosophy with Western psychological practices. Thus, this paper provides students with a primer of this important emerging area by reviewing cultural differences that challenge the successful integration of Eastern philosophy with Western psychology, before focusing specifically on Taoist philosophy and its implications for Western psychotherapy. The congruence of Taoism with the "common" factors of Western psychotherapy (i.e., those mechanisms of change thought to transcend theoretical psychotherapy orientation) will be discussed, as will congruence with "specific" cognitive behavioral therapy factors (i.e., those mechanisms of therapeutic change that are thought to be specific to particular therapeutic orientations). The ties between new third wave cognitive behavioral therapies, primarily Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Taoism will also be discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 13 no. 2 2008
Hurley, Erica and Callahan, Jennifer L.
"Integrating eastern philosophy into western psychology: a primer for students of applied psychology,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 13
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol13/iss2/5