Being and Becoming: Psychodynamics, Buddhism, and the Origins of Selfhood

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Being and Becoming: Psychodynamics, Buddhism, and the Origins of Selfhood

By  Franklyn Sills , Foreword by  Maura Sills
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Being and Becoming is a wide-ranging analysis of the nature of being and selfhood. The book presents an original, integrated paradigm with the aim of creating a comprehensive overview of the human condition—and finding ways to alleviate suffering. In essence, the book explores the question, “What does it mean to be?”

Being and Becoming begins with fresh interpretations of the work of Martin Heidegger and Buddhist, Taoist, and Christian writings as they relate to this question. Most of Being and Becoming, however, is about the nature of self and selfhood as a process of “I-am-this,” “my becoming” rather than “my being.” Author Franklyn Sills interweaves concepts from object relations theories, psychodynamics, pre- and perinatal psychology, and Buddhist self-psychology, along with his own rich experience as a Buddhist monk, somatic therapist, and psychotherapist, into his inquiry. The works of Fairbairn and Winnicott are discussed in depth, as are Winnicott and Stern’s insights into the nature of the early holding environment, the infant-mother relational field, and early perceptual dynamics. A thoughtful guide for psychologists, therapists, counselors, and other health professionals, the book is also ideal for Buddhists and anyone looking for alternative therapy models.

Franklyn Sills is the co-director of the Karuna Institute, and has pioneered trainings in Craniosacral Biodynamics and Core Process Psychotherapy. Engaged in an ambitious project to integrate Buddhist self-psychology with Western object relations and developmental theories, he lives in Devon, England.

ISBN: 9781556437625

ISBN-10: 9781556437625

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

Publication Date: 09/23/2008 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/23/2008 - 12:00am

Pages: 328

Language: English

Categories

Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth

Psychology / Evolutionary Psychology

Religion / Buddhism