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Chapter 5: Integrating the World's Psychologies
In the first part of this chapter, according to the goals for the book, I discuss some personal influences and experiences that have shaped my perceptions and knowledge. These examples are vehicles to discuss some general issues related to gender/cultural differences, Eastern and Western psychologies, and the development of integrative therapies. I introduce my approach of Conjunctive Psychology, an integrated psychology that draws from all the world's psychologies. In the second part of the chapter, I show how aspects of Conjunctive Psychology apply to two cases. Buddhism is intertwined throughout.
Pythagoras was a Greek who taught in Southern Italy from about 530 BCE to about 500 BCE, around the same time as the Buddha was teaching. ...