When we crave something, the wanting circuitry becomes strong and the liking circuitry is weakened. Science says all emotions are natural and okay, and that emotions become destructive only when they are expressed inappropriately. In Mantra, the followers of the Outer Tantras transform [destructive emotions] while the followers of the Inner Father and Mother Tantras[2] take control of them. Dr. Mark Greenberg, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University spoke on emotional education. For example, when the prospect of having one rebirth after another in samsara makes us sad and even fills us with disgust and fear, they are positive because they prompt us to generate the determination to be free from cyclic existence and attain liberation. When you experience a negative emotion such as anger, fear, or sadness, take a minute to analyze it. 1. They found the Buddhist view more empowering because it seemed that we could do something to help ourselves. Science says all emotions are natural and okay, and that emotions become destructive only when they are expressed in an inappropriate way or time or to an inappropriate person or degree. In Buddhism, emotions refer to the mental state. This page was last edited on 4 November 2020, at 22:36. They are interpreting a situation and creating a conclusion working to keep us alive. The top 10 emotions on my list are the ones I see most often, in most people. All the destructive emotions and mental states are essentially distorted, whereas the. For example, frustration and anger due to our inability to concentrate when meditating rather than help us attain calm abiding, block our practice. Richardson proposed several antidotes to destructive negative emotions: change the brain activity, change the refractory period, do cognitive restructuring by learning to think differently about events, and cultivate positive emotions. His Holiness did not agree that there is a positive form of anger. One is based on distortion, interferes with liberation, and is to be abandoned, for example, sadness at the breakup of a romantic relationship and fear of losing our job. Farheen Syed 9 Apr 2019 Reply. We can usually identify a specific event which caused an emotion, but often cannot for a mood. Emotions occur quickly. The essential nature of the mind is pure and undefiled by the destructive emotions. Whereas His Holiness was fascinated by discussion of brain activity, others had different reactions. “mental events that incite one to unvirtuous actions and cause one’s being to be very [unpeaceful]”[1], ལུས་སེམས་གདུང་བའི་དཀའ་ལས་སམ་ངལ་དུབ་དང་་། མི་དགེ་བའི་ལས་བསྐུལ་བས་རང་རྒྱུད་རབ་ཏུ་མ་ཞི་བར་བྱེད་པའི་སེམས་བྱུང་།, lus sems gdung ba'i dka' las sam ngal dub dang, mi dge ba'i las bskul bas rang rgyud rab tu ma zhi bar byed pa'i sems byung, His Holiness was pleased with this and added that in addition to managing destructive emotions, children (and adults too) need to cultivate positive ones as well. For example, it’s normal to experience sadness when someone dies, but a depressed person is sad in an inappropriate way. Flag this item for. I think you can dislike something so much that you will not practice it which is entirely different. His Holiness responded that in Buddhism the word namtog (preconception or superstition) encompasses both. They value being different from others and appreciate conflict because it provides an opportunity to express their feelings and opinions. As soon as I see that the anger is mine, that it has arisen in me, that the other person's actions do not directly arouse my anger, but rather find a ready response in me, that someone else might respond without anger, that I am responsible for the anger, then I may decouple my anger … He explained new, more refined techniques for measuring minute or brief changes in the brain, and showed computer diagrams of synchronicity or the lack of it among different areas of the brain during the process of seeing and knowing an object. However, from a Buddhism viewpoint, two types of sadness, disgust, and fear are discussed. Therapy is aimed more at changing the external expression of the emotions than the internal experience of them. In addition, Buddhism has been expressed for generations in cultures with an interdependent sense of self. Here His Holiness gave the example of identifying laxity and excitement in meditation. nyon mongs) — the negative, destructive emotions which are the cause of suffering. In both depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, the hippocampus shrinks. HH Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa, and Richard Davidson at a recent Mind and Life conference. We find three main answers in response to the question, What are we really like deep down inside? The Top 10 Most Commonly Stuck Emotions. Its a dialogue between bhuddist school of thought ( in a secular way) and western school of thought ( mostly neurology). Jealousy. Self-report can be an unreliable measure of social comparison (Wood, 1996). As someone who has taught Buddhism in a variety of cultures, I found this interesting. A theme is picked for each, and five to seven scientists in that field are selected to make presentations to His Holiness. Certain events or years of your life can create different types of emotions, and even multiples of the same ones. Destructive emotions by Daniel Goleman. share. This paper discusses the problem of destructive emotions by comparing Eastern and Western assumptions about emotions. In addition to emotions and moods, there are traits and pathological manifestations of emotions. Know Your Own Mind (1991) These destructive emotions are often based on fear and prejudice. Dr. Owen Flanagan, Professor of Philosophy at Duke University, spoke about the role of emotion and virtue in making a good life. These presentations are given in the morning session each day, and lively discussions among these key participants, who are seated in a circle, occupy the afternoon session. Certain activities, such as playing tennis or having emotions, are complex and many areas of the brain are involved in them. Dalai lama ( and other bhuddists) understanding of emotions is surprisingly simple and powerful. It will not arise simply by praying to the Buddha. In addition, different brain circuitry is involved in wanting and liking. However, a Buddha's sadness at seeing suffering differs from the feeling most people have.