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'The Curious Mind' is a podcast by psychologist, psychotherapist, and Buddhist scholar Dr. Gabriel Ellis. In essays and interviews we cover a wide range of psychological and social topics with depth and complexity.

For more information and therapy requests see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/

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'The Curious Mind' is a podcast by psychologist, psychotherapist, and Buddhist scholar Dr. Gabriel Ellis. In essays and interviews we cover a wide range of psychological and social topics with depth and complexity.

For more information and therapy requests see https://www.gabriel-ellis.com/

    63. Preconditions for Therapeutic Healing

    63. Preconditions for Therapeutic Healing

    Healing is a much more individual challenge than many people think. And therapeutic methods have a little value if applied without discernment. Yet, there are some general principles that are valid in any real healing process: Truthfulness, benevolence, and responsibility.

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    • 52 min
    62. Hegel and Buddhism in Dialogue: Not-Self

    62. Hegel and Buddhism in Dialogue: Not-Self

    The doctrine of the not-self is central to Buddhism. Aspects of such a teaching can also be found in Hegel. He even helps us to better understand how healing aspects of the not-self teaching unfold in everyday life and in psychotherapy.

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    In my dissertation you will find a detailed discussion of the Buddhist non-ego in chapter 10:

    https://www.academia.edu/63732680/Early_Buddhism_and_its_Relation_to_Brahmanism_A_Comparative_and_Doctrinal_Investigation


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    • 18 min
    61. Buddhist Psychology: Toxic Mindfulness

    61. Buddhist Psychology: Toxic Mindfulness

    Mindfulness can be useful and enriching - if rightly understood. But the practice can also become dull, boring, or even harmful in the long run. In this video I describe the conditions that makes the practice fruitful, and how a simplistic understanding is pointless or can cause harm.

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    • 21 min
    60. Hegel, what our feelings mean, and psychosomatics

    60. Hegel, what our feelings mean, and psychosomatics

    We all struggle with feelings: Should we feel them and identify with them, or should we sometimes use and sometimes repress them? We cannot answer this question if we cannot understand the role and importance of feelings. G.W.F. Hegel can give us valuable clues with his classification of feelings in his large-scale system of philosophy of spirit. I refer to several passages in Hegel, but mostly to paragraphs §387 and §401 in Part Three of Hegel's “Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences” from 1830.

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    • 40 min
    59. The I in stress: When the present is overwhelming

    59. The I in stress: When the present is overwhelming

    In my clinical practice, clients often think that they are alone with their problem. Most of the time however, the challenges are very comparable, be it regarding relationships, work, burnout, fears or a lack of prospects. There are often systemic, i.e. societal, connections and causes that are unfortunately unclear to individuals. To solve these problems on a purely individual level is unrealistic.


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    • 48 min
    58. Hegel and Buddhism in dialogue: Meditation

    58. Hegel and Buddhism in dialogue: Meditation

    There is still a lot to learn about psychology from Hegel. He created complex maps of the mind. And we can use these to understand “where we are,” psychologically speaking. And we can also use these maps to locate ourselves in meditation. In this podcast I focus primarily on Buddhist Vipassana meditation and how a Hegelian positioning can help us to correctly align our practice again. If you want to look it up, I mainly refer to paragraphs §448-§450 in Part Three of Hegel's “Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences” from 1830.



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    • 46 min

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