The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them
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The Misleading Mind: How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them

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Buddhism asserts that we each have the potential to free ourselves from the prison of our problems. As practiced for more than twenty-six hundred years, the process involves working with, rather than against, our depression, anxiety, and compulsions. We do this by recognizing the habitual ways our minds perceive and react — the way they mislead. The lively exercises and in...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by New World Library (first published May 2011)
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Peter Clothier
What a great title: The Misleading Mind! Rings true to me… The subtitle of Karuna Cayton’s new book makes its intention clear: “How We Create Our Own Problems and How Buddhist Psychology Can Help Us Solve Them.” Cayton is a “psychotherapist, business therapist and coach to help people lead a more balanced life,” and a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He’s also a board member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, a Buddhist organization with “over 160 cent...more
Because we constantly and immediately superimpose our interpretation upon experience, we never really experience things as they are. We experience things as we are. Everything we experience, everything, is experienced with our biases added to it immediately in the very next moment. This projection is how we create our own story, our own sense of self. Through our projections, the world then, comes to reflect who we believe we are back to us, reinforcing the notion that we "know" the world when w...more
It is the Buddhist perspective that we all suffer not because life is difficult or that suffering is our destiny but because we are looking outside ourselves to end that suffering. We seek material possessions, lovers, and experiences. Yes, we may gain some enjoyment from these things but ultimately they fall short or they end.

Truly ending suffering comes from a different way of thinking and of experiencing the world. It requires stepping back rather than automatically judging things as good or...more
A beautiful book about a beautiful way to live. This author creates an easy to understand rationale for taking control of our emotions, complete with relevant stories and simple exercises. While he does caution that it is a long, arduous journey to gain control of your own happiness, he certainly shows us that it is a worthwhile venture for all of us. I highlighted many sections and plan to revisit this text as I apply the teachings to my difficult relationship with my mother. However, now I kno...more
A very important book for everyone who cares about living a life with less material attachments. The author clearly describes what mental handicaps help create most of our problems and how our mind also holds the key to stress free living. A life changing book like few.
Well written tool for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
♥ Ibrahim ♥
The author writes in the same way he talks, the excited personality, the discursive, rabbit-chasing writing style and all. So far I haven't enjoyed an American talk about Buddhism, with the exception of Jack Kornfield. Oh well. Not my type of a book.
Dave Hood
And illuminating read. We each have the power to free ourselves from conditions and others who threaten our peace of mind. We must learn how to become aware and not to react in a way that results in more personal suffering. The author explains how in this excellent book on Buddhist psychology.
This book helps me to go into my inner thought from very simple but actually suggestion to some complicated ways of mind working ! I am sure I need to retread it against to grasp the very essence of this book !
Stephen C
I love the way Karuna explains things. He pulls from his experience with others and himself. It's easy to identify with what he has written.
Karla Molnar
I am re-reading this book. It's wise, compassionate, humble, and immensely useful. I wish it had been available 20 years ago!
Interesting book that compares and contrasts modern psychology with Buddhist philosophy.
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“What is our human dilemma? That the nature of life is problematic. Problems are not an exception; they are the norm. The world offers recurring and seemingly endless conundrums for us to deal with. We cannot stop problems, but we can end our suffering, and we can achieve true, lasting happiness by understanding the nature of our mind and changing the way we approach our emotional struggles.” 4 likes
“Everyone suffers, and the causes of suffering are always internal.” 2 likes
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