Unwarranted Shame, Guilt, and Forgiveness

by Peter Carlson on July 9, 2015

This talk is a continuation of a series of explorations of the psychological value of healthy relationships, from the perspective of psychotherapy and Buddhist mindfulness and lovingkindness practices.  When a parent’s interactions with a young child are lacking sufficient clarity, consistency and kindness, the child’s personality development is adversely affected, leading to what has been called a “shame based personality”–defensive, reactive and emotionally isolated.  The principles and practices of the Noble Eightfold Path were reviewed as ways and means for resolving internalized shame, providing forgiveness for oneself and promoting compassion for others.

The notes prepared for this presentation and discussion will be posted immediately after this posting.

Next week will begin discussion of Peter’s revisitation of lojong, the Tibetan Buddhist “Seven Point Mind Training”, with the intention to present the medieval Buddhist teachings in ways that are understandable and useful for modern American Buddhist practices.

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