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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: e. Suppression

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44169


Suppression is highly necessary to provisionality, because without the ability to temporarily direct our attention away from absolutizing distractions, we would remain stuck in them. Suppression allows awareness to continue, in contrast to repression which tries to eliminate an object of conflict. Suppression is recognized in psychology as a ‘mature defence’, which may also take the forms of sublimation, altruism, anticipation, or humour.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'