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

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North Atlantic Books, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 307 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Source Being and Self
1
Sentience and Early Experience
13
The Nature of Being
25
Source
41
The Relationally Dynamic Self
49
Buddhist Concepts
85
The Intransigent Self and Dependent Coarising
101
A Relational Paradigm
113
Lakes Developmental Paradigm
147
The Transmarginal Stress Hierarchy
167
l4 Transitional Modes of Relating
179
Introduction to Personality Adaptations and Reaction Patterns
187
Personality Forms Generated by Wounding
193
at the Level of Wellbeing 193
219
Bonding and Attachment
229
The Autonomic Nervous System
243

The Womb of Spirit and the Empathic Holding Field
119
Basic Needs
131
Umbilical Affect and Primal Feelings
137
Healing the Wounded Self
259
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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.

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