Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Watch PBS's "This Emotional LIfe" on "Facing Our Fears"

You can watch it here.

Note the similarity between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness, Vipassana, and Zen meditation practices. CBT has clinical evidence showing it works that appears believable; if asked I'll try to get links.

One wonders if Brit Hume had ever heard of CBT, and if so, whether he'd agree to it if needed or recommend it, given that it's Buddhist.


WH said...

True CBT is not really Buddhist, although it has some elements that might make it look similar. Essentially it is a highly cognitive model.

HOWEVER, it lends itself well to combination with mindfulness, which is what Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) does in its approach to treating borderline personality disorder, among other things.

Other combos:
Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
and many others

Mumon said...


Thanks for the clarification; I do think that "being mindful" is kinda sorta Buddhist, especially from the "Relaxation of Thoughts" perspective.

Mumon said...


Thanks again; evidently you're right. The Guardian says so!

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