I agree with this. Some will see it as an innate aspect of their personality, and others will see no path by which to transcend it.binocular wrote:I mean that it is not a given that people see themselves as having a choice in these matters. Some people see themselves as having a choice, and some do not.
Agreed. It also doesn't speak very positively for the efficacy of any practices taught by western psychologists. Perhaps if they cured neuroticism, they'd be out of a job.binocular wrote:One of the reasons why Western psychology sees those core traits of personality as static is because Western psychology works with empirical data, and empirical data indicates that those traits don't change, at least not significantly.
Yes, and that fits the literal definition of the word I used earlier - "pathethic".binocular wrote:People who have an external locus of control, for example, tend to have an external locus of control their whole life.
1. arousing pity, especially through vulnerability or sadness
2. miserably inadequate.
I agree, and arguably there are grounds for such things to be taught in high school... possibly via Maslow's hierarchy of needs.binocular wrote:I would love to see how such a vantage point can be established.
How a person can actually go from having an external locus of control to having an internal locus of control.
How a person can change their view from seeing themselves as a helpless victim of circumstance or other people, to seeing themselves as masters of their fate. Etc.
I think this is what it takes to overcome neuroticism.