The Death of Psychotherapy: From Freud to Alien Abductions

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Chapter 9
From Buddha Psychotherapy to Alien Abductions

In the open market, many new therapies are available. By now, the number of psychotherapies has more than likely surpassed the 500 mark. A glance at various periodicals and publications reveals that the permutations and combinations of therapies are endless. In this chapter, a sample of four modalities has been selected for review and analysis. Buddha Psychotherapy attempts to integrate Western psychotherapy, such as psychoanalysis, with Eastern religions and philosophies. Thought Field Therapy and Palm Therapy are also blends of the old and the new, ranging from acupuncture to a hypothesis about thought fields and energies. Finally, Alien Abduction Therapy focuses on the possible or actual abduction by extraterrestrial beings as a causative factor in a person's psychopathology.


BUDDHA PSYCHOTHERAPY

Interest in Eastern philosophies and religions can be traced back to the earlier part of the twentieth century and the writings of Jung and William James. Work in the areas of humanistic psychology and transpersonal psychotherapy resonates with some of the ideas of the Eastern religions and philosophies, particularly with the search for authenticity and identity- seeking. 1 Few formal attempts have been made to integrate Western psychotherapy with Eastern philosophies.

In 1995 Epstein attempted to blend psychoanalysis with Buddha psychology. 2 A second integrative approach arises from the middle-path analysis, which is in the "Buddhist tradition of applied philosophical psychology." 3 The middle-path analysis is similar to Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. The essence of the relationship between Buddhism and psychoanalysis is

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