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The Silver Thread: A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction

The Silver Thread:  A Buddhist Perspective on Addiction

Addictions are a manifestation of the afflictive emotion of ‘craving’. Craving is the natural human tendency to want a life more pleasurable than the one we have. Craving occurs when this desire turns into fixation. Western psychology views this craving tendency as a symptom of pathology. In the lexicon of symptoms the most common manifestations […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Beginnings of Psychotherapy

The Beginnings of Psychotherapy

Traditional psychotherapy began with the insights of Sigmund Freud. Freud began his therapeutic career by treating women suffering from conversion Hysteria. Conversion Hysteria is a condition wherein women “convert” psychological trauma into physical problems such as a paralysis. A woman referred to as “Anna O”, was the first case documented by Freud’s mentor, Josef Breuer. […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: Drugs, and the Escape from Suffering

The Silver Thread: Drugs, and the Escape from Suffering

I began my career as a psychologist, helping to found and run the first substance abuse unit in a general hospital in the state of Michigan. We treated mostly alcoholics, but many also utilized street drugs as well, such as cocaine and heroin. A hat I wear today is that of a Forensic Psychologist. In […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread – The Daily Battle with Depression

The Silver Thread – The Daily Battle with Depression

Depression is the major clinical problem for which people seek therapeutic assistance. Western medicine views depression as an illness, like a cancer consuming the person. Psychiatrists treat it with medication, psychologists with psychotherapy. The Western tradition is to treat clinical symptoms with various cures, in order to remove the offending symptom. A Buddhist oriented psychology […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

Arjuna and The Akedah

Arjuna and The Akedah

Arjuna is one of the hero’s of the Hindu classic the “Bhagavad Gita”. Abraham is the foundational patriarch of the three great Western Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Both men faced ethical and psychological dilemmas. Each conflict was conceptualized, and resolved through the prism of their disparate religious/cultural traditions. The Akeda The story of Abraham […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread: Navigating the Narrows

The Silver Thread:  Navigating the Narrows

The Hebrew month of Nissan is dominated by the imagery of Passover. Passover’s overarching theme is the escape of the Jews, led by Moses, from the slavery of Egypt. The Hebrew name for Egypt is Mitzraim, meaning “narrow straits”, and the major symbolism of the holiday is escaping from confinement to the open spaces of […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

The Silver Thread – The Bardo

The Silver Thread – The Bardo

Bardo is a Tibetan word for “intermediate state”. It refers to transitions in our lives. In Sanskrit the name is, antarabhva. The term arose after the Buddha’s death, referring to the time between two lives. During that time, when consciousness is separated from the physical body, there is the capability for transcendental insight, which plants […]

About the writer: Dr. Michael Abramsky

Michael Abramsky PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist with 35 years of experience treating adolescents and adults for anxiety, depression and trauma. He is nationally Board Certified in both Clinical and Forensic psychology. Dr. Abramsky also has an MA in Comparative Religions, and has practiced and taught Buddhist Meditation for 25 years.

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