Towards a transpersonal psychology of Daoism

Cott, Christopher 2009, Towards a transpersonal psychology of Daoism, in TPIG 2009 : Transpersonal psychology today : Proceedings of the Transpersonal Psychology 2009 Victorian symposium, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Towards a transpersonal psychology of Daoism
Author(s) Cott, Christopher
Conference name Transpersonal Psychology. Victorian Symposium (4th : 2009 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 12 - 13 Sep. 2009
Title of proceedings TPIG 2009 : Transpersonal psychology today : Proceedings of the Transpersonal Psychology 2009 Victorian symposium
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Transpersonal Psychology 2009 Victorian Symposium
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Daoism
transpersonal psychology
Summary Daoism (Taoism) is a collection of Chinese philosophical beliefs and psychospiritual practices with a history of thousands of years, and a living community that stretches throughout East Asia. I will argue that Daoism and its corresponding texts such as those included in the Daozang provide a wealth of material regarding trans-egoic experiences (e.g., unitive absorption in the Dao), that may enhance Western psychologists’ understanding of transpersonal phenomena. Curiously, however, despite the obvious points of intersection between Daoism and transpersonal psychology (e.g., a mutual interest in phenomena typically referred to as altered states of consciousness), to date transpersonal psychologists have neglected to investigate Daoism. Indeed, the majority of published research concerning the relationships between Daoism and Western psychology has been undertaken from within the Jungian analytic and humanistic psychological movements. After reviewing this literature, I will formulate various proposals for future empirical studies that may interest transpersonal psychologists.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
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