Yoga Glossary O-R
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A–C    D–H    I–N    O–R    S–Z
One of the three primary nadis—see Hatha and nadis.
Life, lifeforce, breathing forth—the essence of life.
Breath control (breathing techniques)—see eightfold path.
Sense withdrawal—see eightfold path.
Psychic Energy:
The term psychic has nothing to do with the usual connotation of extrasensory perception. It is a term used by Sigmund Freud to describe the energy system of the human personality.
Psychological Freedom (freedom of mind):
Mental liberation. Being free of obstacles that block the mind and retard rational thought. Being able to control negative and destructive emotional reactions. In yogic terms this could be described as the state of obtaining clarity of mind (enlightenment). Being free from overly restrictive or irrational psychological programming or conditioning. Attaining the ability to truly experience joy.
Yoga and Samkhya term for transcendental Self—Purusha is the witness (consciousness) of all psychomental states—the eternal Self (both the seer and the seen).
This term is used herein in relation to REBT. It does not mean unemotional. The term is used to describe positive, honest, logical and realistic thinking. A quality associated with making objective and discerning observations. Being 'efficient and rational in achieving one's individual and community goals' (Ellis). Used herein in the universal sense of reason and wisdom. (Not used to rationalise false arguments ie: 'I need to eat all of this food even if it's enough for 20 people because I can't waste it—people are starving'). Where irrational behaviour is self-destructive, rational behaviour is self-helping.
Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy developed by Dr Albert Ellis.
According to Freud, what is repressed is what is unconscious. It describes latent thoughts that are subject to forces that resist conscious recognition.
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