I particularly like the author's metaphor on Freud's thinking of the mind as a horse and buggy in which the driver(the ego) struggles frantically to control a hungry, lustful and disobedient horse(id) while the driver's father(super ego) sits in the back seat lecturing the driver on what he is doing wrong. This imagery will always be handy for me.
One interesting scientific research result that i learnt was that there’re actual mental mechanisms that makes us feel so good at seeing the slightest speck in our neighbour’s eye, and so bad at seeing the log in our own.
I also like Haidt's balance on the idea of non-attachment from eastern ancient thinkers and passionate attachments from many western thinkers. He reminded us that "Buddha and Laozi both lived in turbulent times of their history when life is unpredictable and dangerous, it might therefore be foolish to seek happiness by controlling one's external world." The world we live in today is, however, very different. With the increasing capacity to mold the world around us, this now "seems to be an inappropriate response to the inevitable presence of some suffering in every day life." "Attachments brain pain, but they also bring our greatest joy"....Continua
Recently, I have come across a book that offers an explanation. The reason is that when we meditate, we usually focus on a single thought or chanting (in mind) a single sound. In so doing, we deliberately make ourselves fixated at the 'here and now', so much so that any thought that may lead us to anxiety, stress or tension is removed from our conscious, thus peace of mind....Continua