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Dr Steve Peters' 'Inner Chimp' & the Buddhist 'Monkey Mind'

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Dr Steve Peters' 'Inner Chimp' & the Buddhist 'Monkey Mind'

Postby Hand On Mouse on Fri May 14, 2010 5:14 pm

"Mind monkey or Monkey mind, from Chinese xinyuan and Sino-Japanese shin'en 心猿 [lit. "heart-/mind-monkey"], is a Buddhist term meaning "unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable". In addition to Buddhist writings, including Chan or Zen, Consciousness-only, Pure Land, and Shingon, this "mind-monkey" psychological metaphor was adopted in Daoism, Neo-Confucianism, poetry, drama, and literature. "Mind-monkey" occurs in two reversible four-character idioms with yima or iba 意馬 [lit. "thought-/will-horse"], most frequently used in Chinese xinyuanyima 心猿意馬 and Japanese ibashin'en 意馬心猿. The "Monkey King" Sun Wukong in the Journey to the West personifies the mind-monkey." Wiki: Mind Monkey

"[Dr Steven] Peters was born in Middlesbrough, into a family background where it wasn’t expected that you would go to university. He earned a place at a local grammar school, excelled at maths and the sciences and was the first pupil in the school to take four A-levels. He read maths at Stirling University and taught for eight years, before returning to university and graduating in medicine from St Mary’s in London. He spent 12 years working with people with serious personality disorders at Rampton high- security hospital and became undergraduate dean of the medical school at Sheffield University. Seven years ago he began working with British cyclists. His arrival coincided with Britain’s first steps towards world domination in track cycling.
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there are two aspects of your brain that work independently of each other. One is quite emotional and irrational; the other is logical, capable of making good judgments. I call the emotional part ‘the chimp’."
- timesonline.co.uk

"The good news, according to the psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters, is that these emotions are entirely normal. What’s going on is that you’re being hijacked by what he calls your “inner chimp” — deep, inbuilt, primitive drives that might have helped you to survive in the dawn of humanity, but are a positive hindrance in the thrusting, bountiful world of the 21st century.

Peters came up with his theory of the “inner chimp” after years of observing women and men first-hand as a GP, and then as a consultant psychiatrist. In 2008, he put it to the test when working as the in-house shrink for Britain’s cycling team. The result was an extraordinary eight gold medals. Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton have all publicly credited him with helping them succeed."
- timesonline.co.uk

Looks like science is proving Buddhism right once again... :peace:

'Journey to the West' has alwys been a favourite of mine. Time to get that mountain nice and strong to put that naughty monkey in place... :>.>:

:Namaste:
"If one discards the delusions that conceal the Buddha-nature, the Buddha-nature automatically appears." - Venerable Master Seongcheol
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