Just did my first post in the forums, I thought I'd drop by and introduce myself here.
I'm a 22-year-old psychology student in New York, and I got interested in Buddhism last semester in an Eastern religions class. What struck me were the similarities between psychotherapeutic practices and Buddhism. Mindfulness is a technique used in both, and psychoanalysis (especially that of Carl Jung) emphasizes finding a wholeness of our self in which all sides, light and dark, good and evil, are seen as one, which reminds me very much of the Buddhist world-view. I wasn't raised in any religion really, and I've recently been looking for a system of belief to fill that void. I've been going through therapy and breaking down a lot of the ways I used to view the world, but I'd now like a new one. I haven't decided to convert to Buddhism as of yet, but I'm very much interested in learning as much as I can about it, if for no other reason than to appreciate a belief system that prefigured so much of what I'm currently studying in my career path.