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Dudley Dowell
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Wed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Psychology can change the mind but through spiritual development we can change the heart. Thoughts?


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PrintWed, Dec 31, 2014 - 12:00 AM
The heart is a metaphor for our affective (or emotional) aspects of the mind. Psychology deals with the mind—all of it. "Spiritual development" is best described as a collection of psychological processes that can be compatible with the rational mind or can be at odds with it. On the rational side, it can be anything from seeing oneself as a tiny part of a much larger whole (the universe to a social group). On the irrational side, it can be deliberately shutting down one's critical faculties and using one's imagination to posit alternative realities (i.e., ones with ghosts, gods, faeries, demons, etc.) while accepting them as fact.

Personally, I believe the term "spiritual" and the metaphorical use of the term "heart" is our culture's way of legitimizing delusions that too many people share to classify as a disorder without serious political repercussions.
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