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Discover your mind - Psychology terms
Category: People and society > Psychology & Idealism
Date & country: 25/11/2007, UK
Words: 24


Astral
The physical body that is seen with the physical eye is only one part of human structure. The person capable of extra-sensory perception can see other ‘bodies` that are associated with the physical one : these are the emotional body and the mental body and the causal body. As a complex they are called the astral bodies of the person ; they are the …

Aura
The astral bodies of a person radiate energy which can be observed by extra-sensory perception. This energy field of a person can freely interact with the energy field of another person when they are close enough together, allowing the direct transmission of emotion from each to the other. The most important situation where this occurs, from the ps…

Chakras
Energy centres in the astral / etheric body of a person. The kind of energy concerned is psychic energy, or energy that is utilised through will power or emotional moods. The chakras are associated with particular nerve plexuses in the physical body.

Consciousness
The psychological model that I use most of the time is a static one. This has three levels of activity: conscious, subconscious, and unconscious. However, when I need to describe agency I use a dynamic model. Static model : consciousness is a state of being that has three modes, those of will, mind and feeling. Therefore, for me, consciousness is n…

Desire
Desire is the activity of will directed into a mental concept.

Ego
This is the personality ; it is the conscious aspect of the person, and excludes the subconscious and unconscious minds. It is agency, or the agent of consciousness. The ego has to make choices, and these produce effects. So the realm of the ego is the realm of cause and effect. See also Consciousness.

Emotion
Emotion is the activity of feeling directed into a mental concept. An emotion is an unconscious idea powered by either a pleasant or an unpleasant feeling. Some emotions have an additional complexity : they are compound and consist of two simpler emotions. The factors do not exert their influence simultaneously ; only one is dominant at any particu…

Emotional dynamics
A person can either act on his desires, using his will, or else follow his emotional responses. When he is focusing on his emotions, then his current state of consciousness has two main factors to it : a particular belief about some aspect of life, together with an emotional mood that is generated as the response to that belief. When the belief is …

Equanimity
The process of making value judgements depends upon the psychological mechanisms of projection and introjection. Equanimity is the state of mind attained when the person ceases to make value judgements, and hence ceases to use projection and introjection. However, equanimity is extremely difficult to attain. The most effective way of stopping proje…

Existentialism
This is the way of exploring the meaning of relationships as the person experiences them now, without regard to past or future. The person explores relationships from within his own individuality. For comparison, a psychological relationship is anchored in the past because of limitations produced by subconscious determinism. An existential perspect…

Intellect
This has two parts: rationality and intuition. These two parts work together in conceptual analysis, that is, when we try to analyse something, when we think about concepts and their meanings. Conceptual analysis can be split into three modes: -Logical thinking – uses reason alone. -Dialectical thinking – uses both reason and intuition. -Relativi…

Karma
There are several forms of determinism : some are rigid (such as the social class that a person is born into), whilst others can be more variable (such as the effects of childhood conditioning). The Indian term ‘karma` is ideal as a general-purpose term. Overall, karma is the effects of a person's behaviours, actions, and thinking. The most import…

Mind
I use this term partly to denote intellect, and partly to denote the way that it helps to give rise to desires and emotions. (See also Consciousness for a definition of though

Mindfulness
This is a technique derived from Buddhist meditation that can be used to neutralise the power of desires and emotions. It is an essential component of the practice of self-awareness. It consists in watching states of mind instead of evaluating them or acting on them. Perception is switched into neutral mode, so that no values are projected or intro…

Morality
Morality is a linguistic product made into a social practice. A morality in any age is the sum of socially-accepted desires and values in that age. These values are a part of language ; they can be articulated and so can be made the object of rational analysis.

Morals and Ethics
A distinction needs to be made between moral rules that are adhered to because of the person`s social conditioning and moral rules that are accepted through free personal choice. I call ‘morality` those rules that are a part of a person`s social conditioning ; these rules are subject to erosion from stress during periods of social change or in time…

Motivation and Drives
Motivation is the reason for following aims and desires. It is either the desire to experience something or the desire to achieve something, and takes the form of two drives (a drive is the energy component of motivation). Primary motivation is egoistical and occurs through the desire to satisfy needs. This is the egoistical or ‘outer` drive, since…

psycho-analysis
A psycho-analysis is the method of intentionally removing anxiety from the subconscious mind.

Sexual attraction
Sexual attraction arises when the person is sexually stimulated through the vanity mode of narcissism.

Sexual desire
Sexual desire arises when the person is sexually stimulated through the self-pity mode of jealousy.

Soul
My use of ‘soul` is equivalent to the term ‘higher self `. Soul is the source of spiritual idealisms, and it is ‘the silent watcher`. Another common name is ‘the witness`. The soul is a ‘higher self ` to the ego (this should not be confused with the creation by an ego of an idealised ‘self `). The soul acts as a guide to the ego, trying to steer it…

Spirituality
For me, spirituality does not necessarily equate to religiosity. A religious person can also be spiritual, but a spiritual person does not have to be religious. A religious perspective is a self-sufficient belief system containing all acceptable values and meanings within it. It is a belief system that has boundaries around it, since the world of t…

Unconscious Ideas
Emotions are partly derived from ideas or mental concepts that influence us below the level of normal consciousness. The mental concept that is associated with an emotion actually creates the boundaries of that emotion. If the mental concept changes, the emotion does not change ; instead, it fades away and a different emotion arises, one that fits …

Virtues
Virtues are noble attitudes that spring from the heart. It is not easy to explain what virtues are. In effect, they are based on feelings and so are non-linguistic. The person may ‘explain` his approach to life by saying that he prefers to follow the dictates of his heart.