Using A Zen Approach To Life As A Personality Theory

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This is the documented research paper (DRP) I needed to do for my Behavioral Science class on my personality theories research paperAbstractIn the busy world of the westerner there are many who enter into therapy with their psychotherapist for the sole purpose of becoming "normal." However, in the Eastern world, there is a different mindset which precludes the undertaking of therapy to "fix" a person's problem. Indeed, therapy is embarked upon to better one's mind and further their spirituality in the eastern world. Zen Buddhism and its' many forms is commonly used as a daily, even hourly, form of therapeutic oneness with the mind; an excellent framework within which a definitive answer to a personality may be quantified and understood. Though there is no common or distinct definition of personality, the quantification or measurement previously mentioned, is commonly referred to as a personality theory.Zen Approach Theory 3BorgmeyerUsing A Zen Approach To Life As A Personality TheoryThere are many people in the Western World who view the idea of psychotherapy as a "fix" for all their unnatural or different behavior. They believe that their "problems" are a bane and completely unacceptable. It is a therapist's job to walk these people through a better understanding of these problems and to hopefully embrace them as simple qualities without shame or anxiety. Using the tools of Zen Buddhism will help as much as traditional psychotherapy; some even say it helps more than therapy.It is not always a requirement in therapy to turn away from the troubles of life or aberrant behavior patterns, etc. Instead, the person can accept some and embrace others. As the individual accepts the darkness, the less traditional part of the self within or what is better known as "the daimonic," true fulfillment may arise. According to Sperber (1975), "It is not possible to suppress the daimonic, even if this were deemed desirable, for it would only erupt explosively later." The darkness within has been identified by many, and there are ways to accept the differences within the self. One of the ways to accomplish this is through the daily practice of Zen Buddhism.Zen Approach Theory 4BorgmeyerThe Five Basic Approaches To Zen BuddhismZen Buddhism is an excellent foundation with which to build upon and as an example to emulate in one's life. Zen Buddhism can be compared to many differing types of personality theories and in fact, should be utilized as such. As in any approach to life, the tools and techniques used depends upon the individual's choices and manner in which they choose to live that life.There are numerous ways in which one may apply the methods of Zen Buddhism, and herein will be provided a short listing of five of those ways in which one can practice. George Yool is the Zen Master that runs the daily operation of and education for, the practitioners of Zen Buddhism at the Rinzai School can give a few examples of the differing forms of this meditative tool. As...

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