The Dating and Relationship Group:  Jack Kornfield, Buddhist Psychology, and Relationships 

In a previous meeting of the Dating and Relationship Group, we began to discuss the role of mindfulness in our intrapsychic and interpersonal lives.  Core concepts of Buddhism and meditation arose in this discussion, especially their relevance to intimacy and romantic love.  In order to provide a more thorough introduction to Buddhist psychology and how we can use this perspective to enhance our relationships, in our next meeting on Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:00 to 1:15 PM I will introduce the work of Jack Kornfield.  A prolific writer and psychologist who trained as a monk, Jack Kornfield's expertise on Buddhist psychology and meditation is unprecedented.  In our next meeting, I will summarize fundamental principles of Buddhist psychology and play for attendees a podcast from Jack Kornfield.  There will be ample time for a discussion of his ideas. To register to attend this group on Saturday, August 1, 2015, please see the directions below. 


The Men's Group: The Relationship Grid

We have been discussing in our recent groups how boundary tendencies and self-esteem are crucial components of one's identity and determinants of how men shape their relationships and general life trajectories.  The renowned clinician and relationship expert Terry Real, along with his colleague Ginger Sullivan, have created an elegant exercise (The Relationship Grid) that identifies the dominant role one plays in intimate relationships (based on one's combinations of self-esteem and boundary tendencies).  In the next meeting of the Men's Group on Saturday, August 1, 2015 (10:45 AM to 12:00 PM), I will introduce and have attendees complete the Relationship Grid.  We will consider the results of this exercise in the context of challenges men fact in forming and maintaining relationships. To register to attend this group on Saturday, August 1, 2015, please see the directions below.


To register for the August 1 meetings of the Men's Group and the Dating and Relationship Group:   If you would like to attend the Men's Group and/or the Dating and Relationship Group on Saturday, August 1, please RSVP ASAP to Dr. Tobin at 949-338-4388 or There is a limit of 14 attendees for each group and registrants will be accommodated on a first-come/first-serve basis.  The fee is $25.00 and the location is The Water Garden Business Center, 23421 South Pointe Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.
James Tobin, Ph.D., PSY 22074 | 949-338-4388 | 
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