chapter  21
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An Eastern philosophical approach

BySam J. Zizzi, Mark B. Andersen

One key similarity cited between the two approaches is that Buddhism “is concerned with helping people change and with helping them overcome emotional suffering, as are the various psychotherapies” (Wray, 1986, p. 155). Eastern philosophical approaches offer insights over 2,500 years old, and provide classic lessons and principles to be applied to daily life (Reps, 1989), whereas Western psychotherapies have been developed in the context of industrialized societies founded on capitalistic principles over the last 150 years. Wray noted that because psychotherapies are recent developments, we must consider how Western cultural and social ideals helped to shape these approaches on macro and micro levels.