1 0 obj At the end of this lesson, you should be able to: 1. We want validation for our own self … They will usually claim that the West is rational, scientific, and individualist whereas the East is more irrational, spontaneous, and collectivist. Western martial arts generally have no room for ritual. <>stream endobj The article examines the Western ideas concerning how the self is constructed and how it relates to perception and experience. 17 0 obj Eastern world refers to countries in the Asia and Middle East whereas Western world refers to North and South America, Europe, Australia and New Zeeland. <> 2 With notable exceptions (e.g. These frequent gatherings create a sense of community within a community and people will socialize after services. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> The self is located at the center within the individual through which the world is perceived. The western way is to have everything now, instant gratification. Eastern culture uses the spiritual and missionary approach of searching inside oneself for answers through meditation whereas western culture takes on a pragmatic and emotional approach in searching outside oneself through research and analysis. Another important characteristic of Eastern and Western systems of virtue ethics is the integration of personal and professional life. There is no soul and no-self. As people age, self-perceptions become much more detailed and organized as people form a better idea of who they are and what is important to them. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shenism, and Taoism are some common religions in these countries. the differences in their answers, and the similarities. °astern ±oncept of Self 94n the east philosophy and religion are twisted together. This answer is informed by New Age ideology. Western Ethics, on the other hand, has more of an emphasis on self and what is rationally or logically true. Eastern psychologies maintain that, as a result of social and self-conditioning, our ambitions, beliefs, desires, expectations, preconceptions, and views of the nature of reality are illusory. In the east there seems to be a greater respect for the amount of time it takes to truly learn a martial art. The term ‘self’ refers to an individual human being, along with their body, mind, and in some cases, the concept of a ‘soul’. Self-concept tends to be more malleable when people are younger and still going through the process of self-discovery and identity formation. In Western culture, people typically form congregations and worship together at a specific place and time. Eastern Martial Arts. Western Concept of life is linear as it is concerned with absolute beginnings or endings in time and space. Suggests that alternative definitions of the self from outside of Western culture may assist in the ongoing development of future models of the person within Western psychology. THE WESTERN CONCEPT OF THE SEI,F 5 when she writes, "As an American researcher, I had been taught to act: independence, mastery, competence, were deemed key vir-tues." But when she interacted with native Japanese, she states, "I felt keenly the deconstruction of the self into various constituents at war with one another" (Kondo 1986:78). In Western thought, people tend to answer affirmatively and think of the self as an entity separate from others. A compilation of readings and activities Part V: Western/Eastern Thought THE SELF IN WESTERN AND EASTERN THOUGHT Introduction In the past 30 years, the study of cross-cultural difference across various behaviors and personality traits have gained interest, numerous researches had been conducted to … endobj The west wants it … 11 0 obj And less practical practices that may be present in their eastern counterparts. Comparison between Western and Eastern Ethics: In analyzing a mythological work, a proper understanding of the nature of the self and its relation to the Cosmos is essential. endobj Most Eastern psychologies, in contrast, concentrate on the exploration of the function and operation of the mind as well as methods to free the individual from suffering. From Eastern perspectives, however, the ego is a social fiction. Heraclitus), in early Western philosophy a static view of reality was taken, with substance as the carrier of properties and the basis for identity of the self. Similarities and differences in society. While Western psychology seems to reflect an attitude that the individual must be “helped” from without, by another person, Eastern attitudes are quite the opposite. Can similarities be found in western philosophy with the eastern concept of self (no-self) in Buddhism? Eastern philosophy also thrives on … And this has consequences for society, the workplace, family, even relationships. Western and Eastern Religion Comparison Islam and Buddhism are two distinct religious traditions that provide their own meaningful responses to the fundamental questions about life. Richard C. Page. Eastern systems acknowledge that the individual has to decide first to seek change and help her or himself through inner exploration—restructuring and cultivating mental processes, although the guidance of others who have experienced the process may be sought. 2 0 obj She traces the source of these differences to deeper differences in the fundamental structures of Asian and Western self-identity. In other words, it assumes that we humans are… In Western society, the individual rules. One of … Clearly, human beings cannot be reduced to parts but must be understood within the context of the whole. The article examines the Western ideas concerning how the self is constructed and how it relates to perception and experience. The self has been conceptualized in a variety of ways by European and American theorists who have addressed a number of different contexts of human behavior. 13 0 obj endobj <> However, both philosophies have the goal of finding out the meaning and purpose in the life and path of an individual Various scholars and institutions of higher learning have maintained arbitrary divisions in the eastern and western philosophy. • Different cultures and varying. endobj Although some Eastern conceptions of the self, most notably those derived from Hinduism, which center on the Vedic notion of the atman or soul, are similar to Western ideas of the self, Buddhist psychology provides a radically 14 0 obj Explain the concept of self as found in Asian thoughts; and 3. 16 0 obj There is rather an awareness attaching itself to passing thoughts, judgments, and so on, erroneously assumed to represent the ego. Seeing, hearing, feeling, and even the searching for the Self are all done by the Self, and so in everyday perception, the Self or Brahman that is in all existence cannot be directly perceived. In Eastern philosophy , though, the self is often treated as an illusion. endobj The self is located at the center within the individual through which the world is perceived. Basically, the oriental society has a deep family concept and is unavoidable. Daniel N. Berkow is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program. 2018-10-12T20:23:10-07:00 Can similarities be found in western philosophy with the eastern concept of self (no-self) in Buddhism? There is no soul and no-self. Part of what is developing in children as they grow is the fundamental cognitive part of the self, known as the self-concept. East and West may have numerous differences based on culture. Comparison of Western and Eastern Concepts of Self Western Eastern Duality- you are distinct from other persons Other persons are part of your self Talk about their personal attributes Talk about their social roles Highlights personal achievements Keeps a low profile and avoid boastfulness Individualistic- focus on the person Collectivistic- group and social relations are more important … Western concept of self 94s an individualistic self that is deeply aware of itself, its uniqueness, sense of direction, purpose and volition (act of making choice). In contrast, the Western civilization is more individualistic, trying to find the meaning of life here and now with self at the center as it is already given and part of the divine. Presents cross-cultural comparison of the Buddhist perspective with the Western perspective to reveal culturally based assumptions about the nature of the self. The true “Me” in every human being is a … (NB) It is often suggested that contrasting Eastern vs. Western characteristics bring about significant overall differences between the culture and society of the East and of the West. The self has been conceptualized in a variety of ways by European and American theorists who have addressed a number of different contexts of human behavior. In analyzing a mythological work, a proper understanding of the nature of the self and its relation to the Cosmos is essential. We then come to experience a profound change in attitude and perspective. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> We value personal achievements over group efforts. Since we think and act in accordance with these illusions, we invariably suffer (i.e., experience disappointment, frustration, and pain). Jen is a second generation Chinese-American who speaks from her experiences navigating two distinct kinds of selves—an Asian identity shaped at home by her immigrant parents and a Western identity acquired outside the home growing up in Scarsdale, New York. The "Me" concept. Like the breath rises and falls or the seasons come and go, all things are seen as being in a constant process of arising, forming, and dissolving. 12 0 obj 128. Since we think and act in accordance with these illusions, we invariably suffer … Eastern western. In the West, the ego (regardless of the various ways in which theorists define it) is seen as central to identity and personality. endobj Eastern way is by observing objective reality of what things are without exaggeration brings things into the perfect state of balance because balance is objective realty. Because the general orientation of Western psychology has been toward the observation, categorization, and alteration of observable behavior, this has led to a therapeutic attitude limited to the diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology. The Eastern philosophy is drawn much more into groups or society or people’s actions and thoughts as one in order to find meaning in life as they try to get rid of the false “me” concept and find meaning in discovering the true “me” in relation to everything around them, or as part of a bigger scheme. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> The western view of the ‘enduring self’ refers to the notion that … Appligent AppendPDF Pro 5.5 The eastern and western philosophy present similar issues when it comes to the idea of the state of being a human being. Since Eastern psychologies are inwardly focused, they may appear to be narcissistic or nihilistic. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> Humans are intersubjective beings interacting with other people and environmental factors in a constant state of flux. application/pdf Buddhism, by contrast, recognized no substance and saw reality not in terms of things but in Buddha spoke about the emptiness of the form, in the sense that the form is the physical body, and the human being is just impermanence. A comparison of culture and philosophy between Eastern and Western societies. Prince 9.0 rev 5 (www.princexml.com) uuid:0c6cadd9-a9d4-11b2-0a00-782dad000000 The writings put emphasis on the fact that eastern and western similarities are largely similar. endobj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> The Concept of ‘The Self’ in Western and Eastern Traditions. Similarities between the concept of the self and the concept of emotion: There is no agreed upon definition of the self or for emotion. In Buddhism the no-self is called anatman. Humans are intersubjective beings interacting with other people and environmental factors in a constant state of flux. Jen argues that it is difficult to say whether eastern religions created the region’s cultural viewpoints, or if it was the other way around. Thus, we come to a more authentic and genuine view of reality. In doing so, one might be able to shed light on one’s own views of the Self, and perhaps arrive at some ... Wolter: In Search of the Self: Eastern versus Western Perspectives Published by DigitalCommons@Kennesaw State University, 2012. The concept that love comes after marriage is also promoted by these marriages. Eastern perspectives about self are inherently non-dualistic. <>stream Comparison Between Eastern and Western Philosophy Broadly, speaking, ... Self-dedication to the goal (success, happiness, etc.) 9 0 obj comparison and bring out the essential features inherent in the eastern and western traditions. In antiquity, the Greek philosopher Pyrrho traveled with Alexander the Great's army on its conquest of India (327 to 325 BCE) and based his philosophy of Pyrrhonism on what he learned there. Use PDF export for high quality prints and SVG export for large sharp images or embed your diagrams anywhere with the Creately viewer. “Life ceases to be problematic when it is understood that the ego is a social fiction.” — Alan Watts. endobj They’re not passive observers; they are active participants in life, selecting actions in harmony with nature. Moreover, public displays of affection are often frowned upon in Eastern countries. Athens. 3 0 obj Buddhist thought and Western philosophy include several parallels.. Eastern Religions Have A Different Perspective Because of its different perspective, Eastern religious thought has always fascinated, and often confused, the Western mind. Similarities between the concept of the self and the concept of emotion: There is no agreed upon definition of the self or for emotion. Alan Watts, the late British philosopher, proposed that there were two great myths of the self—myth here not used in the sense of something false, but rather as a way of interpreting oneself and one’s reality. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]>>/Rotate 0/Type/Page>> 2018-10-12T20:23:10-07:00 Another good example of illustration is the writings by Wonhyo, the Korean philosopher, and Epictetus, the Greek philosopher. 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Eastern philosophy unequivocally argues that the self is an illusory fiction and that it does not exist in reality. %PDF-1.7 %���� Eastern and Western philosophy published 12-1-2014 Here I start a series on differences and similarities between Eastern and Western philosophy, and my position in that. Reductionism, while useful in certain applications, is not helpful in understanding the person. Until the advent of cognitive, existential, phenomenological, humanistic, and transpersonal perspectives, little effort was devoted to the rigorous study of inner mental states and processes and embodied cognition. It is evident that there exists a pluralism with respect to the existence of the self, as well as that some Western authors have similar views to the Eastern concept of the self (e. g. Hume). endobj However, through the process of meditation and mindfulness, we are able to examine the inner workings of our mind and come to understand the nature of illusion and how it arises. Every time you fail to feed the needs and desires of your fictional self (which comes from the standards created by you, your loved ones, or your reputation), you suffer. Christopher I. Beckwith has identified a translation of the Buddhist three marks of existence, in Pyrrho's teachings. Eastern philosophy or Asian philosophy includes the various philosophies that originated in East and South Asia including Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy (including Hindu philosophy, Jain philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, and Sikh philosophy), Japanese philosophy, Korean philosophy, and Vietnamese philosophy which are dominant in East, South and Southeast Asia. For example, in the West, we admire the ‘self-made man’. Main Difference – Eastern vs Western Culture. "'[�?��u,�TG�AHƓ_�����Q�d����T"�, In Search of the Self: Eastern versus Western Perspectives. The self-concept is a knowledge representation that contains knowledge about us, including our beliefs about our personality traits, physical characteristics, abilities, values, goals, and roles, as well as the knowledge that we exist as individuals. Terms such as nirvana, satori, realization, awakening, and enlightenment denote the highest state of spiritual and psychological development and transcendence. The similarities between eastern and western philosophy are greater than any differences cited by modern-day writers and lecturers on the topic. Eternal reality of the universal truth: self-liberation through getting rid of the false "Me" and discovering the true "Me" "Me" is here and now. Not only does the evidence not support a dual, separate self that exists in isolation from other selves, materialist science has never been able to pin down a self. To some extent Western formulations of the self evidence a homunculus-like quality lacking in some Eastern conceptions, especially those derived from the Vijnanavada and Zen Buddhist traditions. Eastern culture bel… Eastern traditions teach that everything is impermanent. Eastern concepts of the ego differ from Western concepts. Linear as it seems, Western philosophy is logical, scientific, and rational compared to the East’s concept of eternal and recurring. The disciplines of Buddhism and Taoism, are, however, concerned with changing the consciousness of normal, socially adjusted people.” In the five decades since these words were written, Western psychology has become increasingly interested in aiding “normal” individuals to reach their maximum psychological potential. It celebrates the self, and yet it’s the opposite of selfishness. 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