PSY336 -Lecture 7 –June 7
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
Rec in A1
Meaning of life
-bio -> reductionist
-maybe it is not something humans can comprehend
-Predicted by a lack of hope
-“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
-the difference between
1) Pathological anxiety: Whatever makes us feel insecure in our everyday life, problem solving
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
-Believe in God, Self-threatening -> strengthening their belief in god
Terror management theories
-relates to self-esteem