I Have 13 Identities: What It’s Like to Live With Multiple Personality Disorder

GETTY IMAGESJONATHAN KNOWLES Now called dissociative identity disorder, it’s one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions. Here, a deep-dive into the realities. By Rose Minutaglio Maybe it was ghosts. That was one possible explanation for what was happening to Amelia Joubert. Other guesses, some from doctors, some from family: voices, anxiety, an imaginary friend, schizophrenia—or maybe it was nothing at all. Here’s what Amelia had to go on: Sometimes she would get a test back and not remember taking it, items would end up in her shopping cart that she didn’t recall putting there, it would be Friday when she … Continue reading I Have 13 Identities: What It’s Like to Live With Multiple Personality Disorder

The Task of Turning Vague Thoughts into More Precise Ones

©Flickr/Farhad Sadykov One central problem of our minds is that they tend to throw out thoughts that are, above anything else, vague. They aren’t wrong, so much as extremely imprecise – which counts because it means that we don’t have a secure handle on what we truly feel or want and so are unable to steer our lives to accurate and satisfying destinations. The mind seems to suffer from a fateful laziness: it likes to point in very general terms to sensations and wishes without delving into their specific characters; it spontaneously gives us the overall headline rather than the telling … Continue reading The Task of Turning Vague Thoughts into More Precise Ones

The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism

Jeremy Bishop | https://tricy.cl/2F8WJMv Some charismatic leaders take advantage of Western misconceptions rather than correct them, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher from the UK argues. By Lama Jampa Thaye In today’s Western society, where the dominant cultural systems are failing to provide explanations for life’s philosophical questions, a space has opened up that Buddhism is uniquely suited to address. It is crucial, however, that the temptation to assimilate Buddhism to the ruling ideologies of our age—scientism, ideological fanaticism, and a ruthless self-absorption masquerading as spirituality—be resisted. Such temptations lead to what we might term “fake Buddhism.” Though this has many features, perhaps … Continue reading The Dangers of Diluted Buddhism