Good Stuff: Generosity, Resilience, Humility, Gratitude, by Salman Akhtar

By Salman Akhtar

Good Stuff is split into major components; half I addresses optimistic Attributes and half II, optimistic activities. the previous comprises chapters on braveness, Resilience, and Gratitude. The latter comprises chapters on Generosity, Forgiveness, and Sacrifice. jointly, the six chapters represent a harmonious gestalt of the relational situations that guarantee enrichment of human event.

This ebook deals socio-clinical meditations to mood Freud's view that humans are primarily 'bad' and no matter what goodness they could muster is essentially shielding.

By elucidating the origins, dynamics, social pleasures, and medical merits of braveness, resilience, gratitude, generosity, forgiveness, and sacrifice, this e-book sheds mild on a nook of human adventure that has remained inadequately understood through psychoanalysts and different psychological healthiness execs.

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He became reluctant to proceed with his studies, which were wrought with their own setbacks, but an encounter with a young boy in an adjacent hospital bed helped him shift perspective. As he watched the boy die, he reasoned, “At least my condition doesn’t make me feel sick. There are people worse off than me” (White and Gribbon, 2002, p. 63). While in the hospital, he dreamed he was going to be executed. In another recurring dream, he would sacrifice his life to save others. These dreams turned the helplessness of being terminally ill into acts of persecution by others or of altruistic suicide.

Stoic courage is based upon the dominance of reason in man and leads to a life of acceptance and fortitude. 8 However, a caveat needs to be entered here. The Stoic recommendation of suicide is not directed to those who are conquered by life by to those who have conquered life, are able both to live and to die, and can choose freely between them. Suicide as an escape, dictated by fear, contradicts the Stoic courage to be. (Tillich, 1952, p. 12) Such Western notions have recently been compared by Jeste and Vahia (2008) with the conceptualization of wisdom in ancient Indian scriptures, especially the highly-revered and widely influential Bhagavad Gita (circa fifth century BCE).

Together these three sources of information shed light upon the multidetermined nature of human resilience. They underscored the complex interplay of constitutional, intrapsychic, and societal factors in the genesis and sustenance of this capacity. Equipped with this linguistic and psychoanalytic thesaurus, one might define resilience as an ego capacity to metabolize psychological trauma to the extent that resumption of the original level of psychic functioning becomes possible. However, this does not imply a literal return to the original state since the pre-trauma innocence is neither recoverable nor desirable anymore.

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