OQ1: Introducing the podcast

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In this very first episode of the show Irina introduces the podcast and talks about how open questions can be used when we are stuck in one mode of thinking. She closes by sharing a simple yet powerful self-reflection technique.

Episode resources:

Find out more on the Socratic method.

Gabrielle Oettingen studied the effects of mental contrasting on goal achievement:

Oettingen, G., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2010). Strategies of setting and implementing goals: Mental contrasting and implementation intentions. In J. E. Maddux & J. P. Tangney (Eds.), Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology (pp. 114-135). New York: Guilford.

Naikan reflection is based on three questions:

  • What have I received from _____________?
  • What have I given to __________________?
  • What troubles and difficulties have I caused ______________?

Other resources:

In this episode of Buddhist Geeks podcast Buddhist teacher Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel talks about the power of open questions. Elizabeth is the author of the book The Power of Open Question.


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