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AN ASPECT OF BUDDHISM ROUNDS OFF MY PSYCHOLOGY Paul Budding In my psychology each individual is their own private psychological swirl of thoughts and feelings. This psychology is separate from the external object. However they project out their psychology and identify to various things anyway. These attachments literalize/harden/concretize because the individual artificially merges them with his or her psychology. This is artificial because it’s impossible. The two are separate but imagined as one and this imagining is strong. (i.e., strong enough to cause all kinds of psychological havoc, such as painful inevitable future dissociation). So how does a person connect to things? (S)he shouldn’t. Things must be allowed to come and go. You should experience but not identify. This is the crucial Buddhist side of my psychology. So for example I have just practised it. I read posts on the International Association of Jungian Studies (IAJS) website. The posts linked to a thread I had started concerning the archetypal psychologist James Hillman. Normally (in the past) I feel affects easily but not at all here. Yet I still enjoyed reading it. Therefore the point I am making is that you can enjoy without identifying. This is not ‘world renouncing’ Buddhism. The point at which the identification becomes too strong is when it has ‘painful dissociation probability’. It is then that a psychological error (against oneself) has been committed. The Jungian side to me is for understanding others projections, acting-outs, identifications, literalizations, complexes/affects, possession. But for my own health the key is… not to identify.
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