ERIC Number: ED108084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
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Zen Meditation and Behavioral Self-Control: Some Similarities and Differences.
Shapiro, Deane H., Jr.
An attempt is made to understand the behaviors involved in two different self-control strategies: Zen meditation and behavioral self-management. The first technique is derived from the Eastern "religious-Philosophical" tradition of Zen Buddhism; the other technique is derived from laboratory and field studies in Western settings. Using tools of naturalistic observation and experimental analysis, Zen meditation is conceptualized as a sequence of behaviors involving certain cues and consequences, and thereby being under explicit contingency arrangements. The same tools of experimental analysis are then applied to the behavioral self-management techniques, and a series of comparisons and contrasts are made between the two. After briefly reviewing the clinical outcome literature for both strategies, the paper concludes with a discussion of the rehabilitative and preventive benefits which may be gained from a combination of the two techniques. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior, Behavioral Objectives, Comparative Analysis, Philosophy, Prevention, Rehabilitation, Self Control, Self Directed Groups, Speeches
Deane H. Shapiro, Jr., P. O. Box 2084, Stanford, California 94035
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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