82 minutes | Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Mark Epstein On: How To Transform Your Neuroses Into “Little Shmoos”

A Buddhist psychiatrist talks about the overlap between Freud and the dharma.

Mark Epstein M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, is the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy, including Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, Going on Being, Open to Desire, Psychotherapy without the Self, The Trauma of Everyday Life and Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself. His latest work, The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life, was published in 2022 by Penguin Press. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. He has been a student of vipassana meditation since 1974.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The insubstantial nature of thoughts 
  • Staying present through anything without clinging or condemning. 
  • Turning down the ego and focusing on others
  • How you transform your neuroses from monsters to little shmoos. 
  • And whether 10% is the right number?

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