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The Psychology of Meditation$
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Michael A. West

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198521945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521945.001.0001

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Meditation: magic, myth, and mystery

Meditation: magic, myth, and mystery

(p.192) 11 Meditation: magic, myth, and mystery
The Psychology of Meditation

Michael A. West

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the lack of consensus between meditators and researchers over the effects of meditation. The results of the research are reviewed and a variety of unexplored research areas are identified. It is argued that much of value can be gained from a careful reading of Eastern psychology and from self-concept theory in Western psychology. Illustrations of the power of such theory for hypothesis derivation are presented. Self-awareness theory, reversal theory, and social psychology are also discussed as fruitful generators of predictions about the effects of meditation. Finally, it is argued that research on meditation presents a particular challenge to psychologists.

Keywords:   Eastern psychology, Western psychology, meditation, effects of meditation, social psychology, reversal theory

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