Comparing Psychoanalysis and Zen

Comparing Psychoanalysis and Zen

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Although, psychoanalysis has always had the greatest influence on me, recently, I have had more opportunities to dive into Zen meditation. I was struck by the many similarities between both techniques which motivated me to consolidate my understanding of these two techniques.

I’m going to treat them only as mental techniques and separate them from their religious, spiritual or philosophical aspects.

I’d like to emphasize that there are many other valuable methods of self-development, e.g., yoga, other religious practices or philosophical discussions. Everyone can choose something that matches his current situation. I will focus on psychoanalysis and Zen meditation here.