Dr Bruno CayounDirector | Trainer | Researcher
Dr Bruno Cayoun is a clinical and research psychologist and principal developer of Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). He is the founder and Director of the MiCBT Institute, a leading provider of MiCBT training and professional development to mental health services and professional associations internationally since 2003.
Bruno keeps a private practice in Hobart, Australia, undertakes mindfulness research at the MiCBT Institute, and regularly cooperates on mindfulness-based research with various universities in Australia and abroad. He has practised mindfulness meditation in the Burmese Vipassana tradition of Ledi Sayadaw, U Ba Khin and S. N. Goenka and undergone intensive training in France, Nepal, India, and Australia since 1989.
Bruno is the author of three books, including Mindfulness-integrated CBT: Principles and Practice (Wiley, 2011), Mindfulness-integrated CBT for Well-Being and Personal Growth: Four Steps to Enhance Inner Calm, Self-Confidence and Relationships (Wiley, 2015) and co-author of The Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness‐integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Wiley, 2018). His mindfulness training audio instructions are used worldwide in various languages, and he is the principal developer of validated questionnaires, including the Short Progress Assessment , the Mindfulness-based Self Efficacy Scale, and co-developer of the Equanimity Scale 16.
Masterclass 10: The Self and Cultivation of Egolessness in MiCBT
The origins and meaning of our sense of self have fascinated us throughout history. The perception of self has often been implicated in mental health conditions and interpersonal and societal conflicts, from the most minor issue to the most devastating wars. Issues of poor “self-esteem” / low sense of self-worth, low self-confidence, self-loathing, self-doubt and the essence of the most common personality disorders are related to our relationship with a sense of self.
However, the main psychological theories of self and identity, including psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive (episodic memory), and social, have been of little utility in clinical practice because they generally remain philosophical and offer little in terms of practical tools to address daily problems. In contrast, Buddhist psychology proposes a conceptualisation of the self based on phenomenology, the data we derive from direct experience, which is then integrated into daily living to guide our steps toward “egolessness”, away from conflicts and dissatisfaction, away from suffering. Since MiCBT is based on such an integration, it is helpful for therapists using MiCBT to understand the nature and mechanisms of the self and apply this understanding in clinical practice. This can be of great assistance when addressing chronic conditions because chronicity generally leads to identification with one’s continual or repeated experience of suffering, which in turn affects one’s schemas and sense of identity.
This masterclass will provide a helpful conceptualisation of how the sense of self is maintained and updated over time through co-emergence dynamics between mind and body to maintain a sense of self-continuity. It will present supporting evidence from neuroscience. It will also discuss a more pragmatic way of understanding and addressing self-related issues that your clients experience.
You will learn:
- the Buddhist psychological conceptualisation of self and its advantages
- the co-emergence theory of self and its neural correlates
- a rationale for cultivating egolessness with MiCBT in both clinical and non-clinical settings