Contemporary mind sciences are revealing facts about the brain and its development that have much to teach us about health and happiness. For a greater part of the twentieth century, psychology and psychotherapy had little to say to one another. Despite Freud's early wish to consider psychoanalysis a science, academic psychology had scant time for what it considered at best an "art" form, while psychotherapy found little interest in psychology's lack of concern with subjective experience. Since the rise of the interdisciplinary fields of cognitive science, neuroscience and consciousness studies and the growth of new technologies, all this has changed. This new knowledge challenges many of our common sense and long-held beliefs. It has important implications for education and health, and illuminates both natural optimal development and the way later therapy may heal early insufficiency. What is perhaps more surprising is that these findings engage with the "first" psychology, that of Buddhism.
Contents1 Introduction View from within and without. First and third person perspectives2 The contemporary explanation; the view from the mind sciences3 Explanation in action; psychotherapy4 The earliest explanation; the Buddhist view5 Embodiment6 Emotion7 Environment8 Selves and non-selves9 Attention, awareness and receptivity10 Inconclusion: creativity, imagination and metaphorAppendix 1 The enactive viewAppendix 2 Mind and life institute