that there is most likely a lot of disagreement among psychology
professionals on it. I find myself very drawn to eastern philosophies
but the idea of effacing the ego goes against what I believe about what it means to be whole. I imagine that to a psychologist a healthy ego would be a good thing whereas to a Buddhist it would be something to try to let go of.
I saw on pbs recently that the scientists that are using brain scans a lot in research now, noticed that Buddhists brains showed, in general,
to be a happier lot than most of the rest of us.
I’ve been reading a lot of Eckhardt Tolle recently and find myself drawn to mindfulness, being in the present, stepping back and realizing that I am the Conscious Awareness part of myself watching the sometimes
very reactive other parts of myself.
On the other hand, how can we be whole, which seems to me to be the main thing we should be shooting for, if we cut off, sublimate, efface “any” part of ourselves.
I have a tendency to pull things from here and there to create my own little religion or spiritual path and to me if something is spiritually sound it also must be psychologically sound and vice versa.
What are some of your ideas on “ego,” and “wholeness” from both a spiritual and psychological viewpoint?
To me, when a baby cries for milk or a change of diapers, that baby is expressing “desire.” S/he may not be able yet to say the words,”I want..” but that is exactly what the crying “is” saying.
A few years ago I attempted to give up all but basic “desires.” At the end of the year my life had become so lifeless that I went back on a journey to regain that ability.
I do remember fondly reading The Tao of Pooh it seems decades ago now and enjoying the philosophy. I also recently got W. Dyer’s book on Tao.
I thank everyone for your answers. Both pro and con gave me just the info I needed to decide my direction when it comes to ‘ego.’
I have decided to attempt to have a “healthy ego” even tho I realize that means a kind of constant monitoring as I try to remain in a moderate position with it. I really don’t like the idea of chopping of parts of myself. 🙂
I “am” going to read more about Taoism.
Thank you all, once again for your time and energy in answering. Blessings