fold psychology

There’s a broad problem in general with things only considered to be an advancement or part of a field of study if it fits into the narrative of 19th-century white dudes. Ask a hundred people who the “father of psychology” is, and you’ll get ninety-eight people saying “Sigmund Freud,” and maybe one or two showoffs who say “Philippe Pinel.”

And yet, for one example, Gautama Buddha was teaching ways of coping with loss and sadness millenia before either of them, and the Abhidarma could be considered at least in part to be a system of psychological treatment. But even as Buddhist techniques are increasingly being folded into modern psychology to great effect, there is a hesitancy to consider it ‘psychology.’ There’s the argument that it’s to avoid having an overtly religious element to their psychological treatment, but that just reveals another problem, namely, the splutteringly inaccurate view most Europeans and Americans have of any metaphysical doctrine, religion, or spiritual practice that isn’t Protestantism.