Meditation and its impact on personality

- Степура, Є.В. ( (2021) Meditation and its impact on personality Габітус (32). pp. 120-124. ISSN 2663-5208

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Meditation is usually understood as practices of Buddhism and Hinduism which can be more or less modified to the reality of modern society, though each developed religion possesses its own traditions of spiritual practices, which are close to meditation. The problem of meditation in Christianity should be especially noted because in this religion there are different opinions concerning this spiritual practice. The practices of hesychasm are, as the author considers, similar to spiritual practices which are characterized by the altered state of consciousness. Generally, deeper and wider investigations of culturological differences in meditative and spiritual practices are needed. More and more various types of meditation are differentiated by investigators. All distinguished types of mediation differ on a neurophysiological level, because each type activates a certain part of the brain. The mechanism of meditation activity is neuroplasticity, i.e. a change in the structure and functioning of the brain due to the performance of certain activities. Meditation helps to prevent different kinds of emotional disorder, to reduce manifestations of this disorder, to increase person’s happiness, to find for oneself new senses and ways of self-realization. Meditative practices also seem to contribute to the preservation of cognitive abilities, and we still lack thorough investigations of these possibilities of meditation. But meditation cannot be recommended for all people who suffer from psychological disorder, there are restrictions for some types of meditation for people, who suffer from deep emotional problems, psychosis, personality disorder, cognitive impairment. Besides, in certain cases meditative practices can be dangerous, because intensive training may, conversely, lead to the growth of anxiety and depression of some people.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: meditative practices, neuroplasticity, emotional disorder, the preservation of cognitive abilities, restrictions for meditative practices.
Subjects: Science and knowledge. Organization. Computer science. Information. Documentation. Librarianship. Institutions. Publications > 1 Philosophy. Psychology
Divisions: Institute of Psychology after N.Kostiuk > Department of methodology and theory of psychology
Depositing User: м.н.с. О.В Котух
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2022 08:59
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2022 08:59


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