An Introduction to Buddhist Psychology by De Padmasiri Silva

By De Padmasiri Silva

An advent to Buddhist Psychology is a lucid, intelligible, and genuine creation to the rules of Buddhist psychology. It offers complete assurance of the elemental thoughts and matters within the psychology of Buddhism, and hence it bargains with the character of mental inquiry, thoughts of the brain, awareness and behaviour, motivation, feelings and percentile, and the healing constitution of Buddhist psychology. For the 3rd version, a brand new bankruptcy at the mind-body dating and Buddhist contextualism has been additional.

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A baby who is angry with the mo ther will d irec t th is on to a doll - this is ca lled 'd isplacemen t'. If a perso n takes pleasu re in bea ring a child, he will say it will do the child good - a form of rationalisation . A person who unconsciously hates a person can be over-solicitous a bout his hea lth - this is reaction forma tion. If someo ne suspects, without grounds, tha t a nothe r pe rson is harbou r. ing a grieva nce aga inst him, he is merely proj ecting his own ha tr ed on to someon e else.

When an object is cha rged with a stro ng emot ional ca thexis, or in Buddhist terminology 'clinging' (upiidiina), a sudden loss or separation crea tes a distur bing vacuum . Feelings of guilt, depr ession a nd Self-pity ma y colour the emotion of grief in various situations. tSQra. Sorrow, grief and lam enta tion are all facets of dukkha and in Buddh ism ca n be overcome only by grasping the phi losoph y of the Motivation and Emotions 57 ' u agic'. ealing with the tragic. caus~ o~ su~enng . T he Buddhist attitu de demands a sense of reality; this IS different from either excessive mourn ing or the use of diversions to drown one's sorrow .

Destruction of one's body does not pu t a n end to o ne's suffering, for a perso n is lia ble to be born again .

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