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A Conversation with the Dalai Lama

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses insights from his conversation with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Aaron Beck draws connections between Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism, and points to egoism as one major concern addressed by both Cognitive Therapy and Buddhism. Dr. Beck describes egoism as largely involving a focus on personal health, safety, or self-esteem, and an over-absorption in self-focus. Dr. Beck highlights a specific case in which a client became overly absorbed in a specific goal and had to disengage from the goal to alleviate distress.

How Thinking Can Change the Brain

Sharon Begley’s article about changing your brain appeared in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago -you can read it here, and you can also listen to Sharon Begley discuss the mind’s ability to reshape the brain on NPR.

Begley talks about the fact that thoughts can alter and shape the brain’s structure and circuitry – you can actually change your brain with your own mind.  Read more