What kind of counseling works for people with addictions?
Western psychology is rooted in individuality and competition, which can be detrimental to people with addictions. In this video, Dr. Judi Hollis explains the benefits of a more Eastern-rooted counseling.
You do need to learn how to let go and work with others. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Hi, my name is Dr. Judi Hollis. And you're asking how has Western psychology been
affected by ideas about individuality? And I'll tell you it's been extremely important.
Because in the West, we are in very competitive cultures where we teach a lot of pull yourself up
by your bootstraps and individual effort. In more Eastern cultures, people are taught more
about being part of the entire human race, and part of the universe, and melting a little,
maybe not so doggedly finding. So many of us as psychologists are
kind of trying to meld Eastern mysticism and Eastern religions with Western psychology
and developing a new plan for the next century.
In my particular specialty treating overeaters, I do know that competition and individual effort
are deadly to overeaters. And that we need to learn how to let go and work with others.
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