In Search of Meaning: A Psychotherapy of Small Steps by Nossrat Peseschkian

By Nossrat Peseschkian

Many authors shrink back from spiritual definitions of human objective. yet Nossrat Peseschkian, who stocks with me the Baha'i viewpoint of goal, essentially exhibits how the search to unite a soul with its God serves and is served by way of clinical and cultural views of which means. religious verities develop into beacons to steer us to discover how you can interact and create new dimen­ sions for session within the making of choices. melancholy is rife this present day. we regularly don't feel that we're answerable for our personal lives, and suppose impotent to steer the future of society. Peseschkian brings us a favorable technique. He presents a key for us to find the connection among our a variety of capacities and their improvement. for therefore many people, our capacities lie unused, usually even unrecognized. This booklet seeks to respond to the query «How am i able to use my capacities?" and to illustrate virtually and in particular how technology, politics, faith, and the net of human relationships will help of their improvement and use. stability is the foremost: the stability betwen a number of points of our existence, the stability of our modes of studying and considering and feeling, the stability in our inspiration of guy and his goal, the stability present in the teachings of the prior and the imaginative and prescient of the long run, and the stability which defines our accountability for our own and our societal destinies.

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The nature of man, to ask such questions and to seek answers to them, is the capacity to know. Educationally, it is built upon the transmission of knowledge. , the capacities to have experiences and to impart them. The disparity between learning and teaching produces a special source of conflicts. If we want to work a complicated technical machine, we must first learn how it works. If we want to pass this tool on to another person, we have a duty to instruct him, to teach him. If we don't do that, we shouldn't be surprised if others destroy the instruments through misuse.

CONSEQUENCES Individual lifestyles and the clash of different concepts call forth typical conflicts. Not the least of the reasons for this is that all extreme forms of a «primary» or «secondary» orientation ignore the totality of human capacities. The capacity to achieve (capacity to know, secondary capacities) and the emotional capacity (capacity to love, primary capacities) are not mutually exclusive, but rather complement one another. This permits one to think of a utopia, with social conditions in which man can unfold all his capacities in harmonious interrelationship, and is therefore capable of achievement, without losing the connection to his feelings and interpersonal dependence, and in which a deep emotionality and close contact can be developed without hindering the release of productive capacities.

The systematic interrelatedness of this contents component is, however, hardly considered. The division of the actual capacities into the achievement-related secondary capacities and the emotionally oriented primary capacities is supported by a wide range of studies of the brain. They point to the fact that the two halves of the brain, the hemispheres, operate under two different information-processing programs. The left hemisphere is responsible for logical conclusions, analytical steps, and verbal communication.

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