The Center for the Study of Neptic Psychology is a natural outgrowth of The Watchful Gate Center for the Study of Patristic Discernment in Contemplative Spirituality. Nepsis is Greek for “watchfulness”, a practice which forms part of the core of the Orthodox Christian practice of spiritual life called Hesychasm (which is derived from the Greek word hesychia, meaning silence). While there are many studies and practices of the psychology of mindfulness and attention, The Neptic Psychology Study Center aims to focus primarily on those uniquely derived from or related to the Hesychast practice of Nepsis.
Some of the current topics of study include:
- Psychology of Comparative Noetic Ascesis
- Developmental Noetic Ascesis and Psychological Practices
- Cognitive Psychology and Logismoi Phenomena
- Kireyevsky and Integral Psychology
- Transpersonal vs. Transessential Psychology
- Asceticism and Psychology in the Modern World by Fr. George Morelli Ph.D.
- More articles from the OCAMPR Journal
- The Psychological Basis of Mental Prayer in the Heart
By Fr Theophanes (Constantine)
These are three books which can be read online.
- The Foundations of Orthodox Psychotherapy by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos
- The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion
- Ancient Christian Wisdom and Cognitive Therapy: A blog by Alexis Trader, the author of the above book.