On the Psychological Significance of Heart Governing Shen Ming

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dc.contributor.author Qu, L
dc.contributor.author Garvey, M
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:49:42Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Australian journal of acupuncture and Chinese medic, 2009, 4 (1), pp. 14 - 22
dc.identifier.issn 1833-9735
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/9444
dc.description.abstract According to the Huangdi Neijing, Suwen Chapter 8, the heart is the ruler of the body and the host for spirit brightness (shen ming). The paper examines the meaning and contribution of the heart with spirit brightness (xin zhu shen ming) to Chinese medical thinking. From earliest times, Chinese medicineâs analysis of health and illness included the physical, sensory, emotional, social and cognitive aspects of the personâs lived experience. The shen-mind with ming-brightness was said to radiate peace, virtue, clarity and intelligence, and the cultivation of shenming was thought to enhance oneâs physical health and longevity. In Part One, we discuss the conditions that influence the development of shenming and the maturation of mental-emotional intelligence. In Part Two we discuss its opposite, the heart without spirit brightness (xin zhu bu ming) to identify its mechanisms and the consequences for health. Xin zhu bu ming leads to the distortion of sensory perceptions and emotional responses, and refers to a person with mental-emotional instability and poor adaptive ability. Daoism, Confucianism and Buddhism identify the influences affecting shenming-spirit brightness and explain the connections between ethical conduct, correct qi, and mind-body health. Mental-emotional development and the cultivation of shenming is discussed and contrasted with the social consequences and clinical manifestations of human mentality without spirit brightness.
dc.publisher West End, Qld
dc.title On the Psychological Significance of Heart Governing Shen Ming
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Australian journal of acupuncture and Chinese medic
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 14 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 22 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Faculty of Science en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 110404 Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments
dc.personcode 930929
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Traditional Chinese Medicine and Treatments en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Chinese medicine, intelligence, mental health, mental illness, mind and body, personality, psychology, self-cultivation en_US
dc.description.keywords Chinese medicine, intelligence, mental health, mental illness, mind and body, personality, psychology, self-cultivation
dc.description.keywords Chinese medicine, intelligence, mental health, mental illness, mind and body, personality, psychology, self-cultivation
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science/School of Medical and Molecular Sciences


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