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University of Toronto St. George
Dan Dolderman

PSY336 -Lecture 7 –June 7 7 Morality 1) Schulman, M. (2002). How we become moral: The sources of moral motivation. In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 499-512. 2) Leary, M. R., Tate, E. B., Adams, C. E., Allen, A. B., Hancock, J. (2007). Self- compassion and reactions to unpleasant self-relevant events: The implications of treating oneself kindly. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92(5), 887-904. 3) His Holiness the Dalai Lama. (2002). Understanding our fundamental nature. In R.H. Davidson & A. Harrington (Eds.), Visions of compassion: Western scientists and Tibetan Buddhists examine human nature, pp. 66-80.  “We cannot let the terrorists achieve the objective of frightening our nation to the point where we don’t conduct business, where we don’t shop. Mrs. Bush & I want to encourage Americans to go shopping.” –G. Bush, 2001  42  Rec in A1  Hope  Meaning of life -bio -> reductionist -maybe it is not something humans can comprehend  Suicide -Predicted by a lack of hope -concentration camps -“meaning ingection” -> hope >wouldn’t always work -you can take anything away from a person but not their suffering -if you can’t find meaning in suffering you can’t find meaning in anything  Connecting yourself to something larger  “The courage to be” by Paul Tillen -Profound book -the difference between 1) Pathological anxiety: Whatever makes us feel insecure in our everyday life, problem solving mode 2) Existential anxiety: The eternal meaning question, the fear of meaninglessness, of emptiness  If we can’t handle one level of meaning, we attach ourselves to another  Aron Kaye -Believe in God, Self-threatening -> strengthening their belief in god  Terror management theories -relates to self-esteem -19
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