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Mark Epstein



Mark Epstein, MD, is an American author and psychiatrist who integrates Buddhism with Western psychotherapy. A meditation and yoga practitioner, he has written numerous books about ego, trauma, sexuality, and finding wholeness.

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Why Your Self-Image Might Be Wrong: Ego, Buddhism, and Freud | Mark Epstein | Big Think

You first develop your ego when you are two or three years old. It creeps into existence the moment you realize that you are not empty—you are a self, and everyone else has a self in them. As you grow up, it latches onto positive and negative feedback and uses them to build the story of who you are.

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Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

The line between psychology and spirituality has blurred, as clinicians, their patients, and religious seekers explore new perspectives on the self.

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Sexual Healing

As a psychiatrist to people with spiritual aspirations, I am witness to some of the ways in which spirituality and sexuality interact, not always to either of their benefits.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageWe are what we think, having become what we thought.

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Ep. 17 Advice Not Given With Dr. Mark Epstein

This week on The Road Home Podcast, Ethan shares a conversation with Dr. Mark Epstein about the intersection of Western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology.

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Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego. We are taught that the ideal is a strong, individuated self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way.

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Forum on Psychology and Buddhism

Psychology and Buddhism: what they share, how they differ, and do we need both?

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIntimate relationships teach us that the more we relate to each other as objects, the greater our disappointment. The trick . . . is to use this disappointment to change the way we relate.

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The Miracle of Downward Dog: A Buddhist Discovers Hatha Yoga

A Buddhist practitioner finds that the best way to begin yoga is with a beginner’s mind.

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Does Your Ego Serve You, or Do You Serve It? What Buddhism and Freud Say About Self-Slavery

“Buddhist psychology and Western psychotherapy both hold out hope for a more flexible ego, one that does not pit the individual against everyone else in a futile attempt to gain total surety.”

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