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asceticism

[aset′isiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, askein, to exercise
(in psychiatry) a defense mechanism that involves repudiation of all instinctual impulses. The concept is derived from the religious doctrine that material things are evil and only spiritual things are good.
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One representing rigidity and inflexibility (emotional dysregulation, perfectionism, asceticism and interoceptive deficits) and another for representing insecurity and estrangement such as adulthood fear, lack of self-respect, insecurity feeling, personal and interpersonal alienation) (4).
Western scholars, missionaries, and administrators produced a discourse on Hindu asceticism that profoundly influenced generations of Western and Indian subjects.
The juxtaposition of asceticism and mysticism is echoed in the very first lines of the text: 'Attar begins the narrative by describing that Shaykh San'an has reached perfection in asceticism, practices mortification day and night, and has mysterious skills and abilities for healing people (68).
Drawing on Michel Foucault's suggestion (in the third volume of his History of Sexuality, 1984) that conventional thinking conceives of asceticism as "excesses .
Thus, rather than asceticism and hedonism being two opposed forces keeping each other in check in the movement, they seem to strengthen each other.
It is the spirit of asceticism or sacrifice that reveals to us the way out of our ecological impasse by proposing the solution of self-denial--in theological terminology, this is called "salvation" through the denial of selfishness or self-centredness.
Without asceticism, none of us is authentically human.
When he was bishop in Poland, he often slept on the bare floor so he could practice self-denial and asceticism, Oder writes.
He is interested in another religious aspect of medieval life, that is the atmosphere of asceticism that created the necessary environment for chivalry.
IN HIS BOOK The Ascetic Self Gavin Flood offers a familiar view of asceticism as the restricting of the "instinctual impulses of the body" so as to come closer to the goal of "human perfection.
Readers of this journal will be fascinated by Jasper's writing on the depiction of the (saintly) glorious body in the art of Luca Signorelli, Velazquez, Georges la Tour, Roger van der Weyden, and Rembrandt, which follows a complex reading of how the saintly body is rendered beautiful by the sustained disciplines of asceticism.
Antony is described as a textbook of asceticism written in the form of a biography.