Friday 21 July 2017

Short Observations

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JMH International Essays — Announcement

Original Essays on the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence 

We thank all those who have submitted an essay to the JMH International Prize Essay Contest. As of now, February 1, 2017, we have decided not to continue with the contest.

For those who feel they have an important contribution to the subject of the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence, please feel free to submit your essay with the form provided here. If the judges agree that the essay is a significant contribution, we will publish it here (subject to agreement with the author).

We include here links related to past essays — For the 2014 contest, click here for the summary article and here for the list of winners; for the 2015 contest, click here for the summary article and the list of winners; and for the 2016 contest, click here.

Longer Observations

What is Seeing?

We all perceive the world, and most of us see all day long and depend on our seeing, but most people rarely give seeing a second thought. There are doctors and medical researchers who study the eyes and the parts of the brain involved with vision in order to help people with sight problems. The other side of the picture is that seeing (and hearing and tasting and the like) has a bad reputation in religion. The senses are seen as tempting us from our deeper selves in which we can, it is thought, find connections to deeper things. The senses, it is thought, connects us with the outer world, the physical world, and take us away from the inner world, the soul, the mind with their images and thoughts of spiritual realities.

Read more: What is Seeing?


Sensations that Feel Outside
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Sound Sensations
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Visual Sensations
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Sensations that Feel Inside
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Bodily Sensations
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Sensations that Feel Deep Inside
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Breathing Sensations
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Heartbeat Sensations
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Two Approaches to Understanding Psychology

via reflection on the world
via reflection on one's immediate experience

   the One   the Whole
the Sacred
the Ordinary
feeling stuck
feelings of failing,        of dying
 waking up — feeling reborn
   focusing   on the self
confronting the   unconscious
the whole person
living in multiple       worlds
learning about     the world
feelings of success,     of the good life