Unconscious Process: Zen and Psychoanalytic Versions

Abstract

Attention to unconscious processes forms the nexus of the psychoanalytic endeavor and adds dimension to the theoretical and clinical integration of Buddhism and psychoanalysis. The author traces convergences between Freud's, Matte-Blanco's, and D.T. Suzuki's explication of the psychoanalytic and Zen readings of the unconscious. The Buddhist understanding of the unconscious propensity to reify experience can be integrated with psychoanalytic thinking. An alternative understanding and processing of aggression with supporting clinical material provides a case in point. The author concludes that continued Buddhist practice holds the potential to alter radically existing psychoanalytic models without destroying the efficacy of well-established formulations and accompanying techniques.

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Cooper, P.C. Unconscious Process: Zen and Psychoanalytic Versions. Journal of Religion and Health 39, 57–69 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1004694825936

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Keywords

  • Clinical Material
  • Unconscious Process
  • Alternative Understanding
  • Clinical Integration
  • Buddhist Practice