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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198521945.003.0011

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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