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(Routledge) Analytical psychology textual content addressing the query of ways to reconcile non secular and spiritual practices with intelligence and rationality, hallmarks of the secular age. Combines developmental and intensity psychology with non secular stories to create an idea of 'skeptical spirituality.' Hardcover, softcover additionally to be had.
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Indeed, he argued convincingly for its inclusion in the developmental and psychoanalytic lexicons (cf. Josselson, Chapter 7). He saw the achievement of a sense of integrity as the culmination of a life well-lived, the apex of personal development arrived at through the resolution of the demands of seven The mutual influence and involvement of therapist and patient 28 preceding stages of growth. He wrote of integrity as a universal potential across humankind, without promoting an essentialist doctrine or dogma.
According to this story, he tried to win freedom from his distress by avoiding destroying anything at all. So as to harm nothing, he avoided all but the smallest amounts of food. He ate so little that he became too weak to think clearly or do anything but sit still. It was only when Gotama, then aged thirtyfive, abandoned the extreme self-denial of a rigorously ascetic life that he finally became a Buddha, that is, someone who had awakened to the true nature of things and adjusted his expectations accordingly.
At best, one can aspire to achieve a path through life that reduces the amount of unnecessary suffering that one’s existence inflicts on others. It could be said that the principal task of a Buddhist is to figure out somehow which kinds of pain are avoidable and which are inevitable and to learn how to avoid as much as possible inflicting and being afflicted by those that can be avoided. Inflicting no pain at all on others can result only in making one’s own life impossible; inflicting too much makes the burden of guilt unbearable.