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Published: 07 August 2014

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780199355419

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The Objectification Spectrum

Understanding and Transcending Our Diminishment and Dehumanization of Others

John M. Rector

  • The author presents a new model of objectification—not as a discrete variable, but as a complex spectrum of related psychology and behavior
  • proposes a basic psychological mechanism—the boundaried self—by which objectification is either enhanced or diminished.
  • The author reviews insights from the world's five oldest religious traditions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—specifying how each faith understands and attempts to solve the problem of objectification. Commonalities among all five traditions are explored.
  • As the mirror-opposite of the objectification spectrum, the author presents the enlightenment spectrum. He delineates three primary points of demarcation on this spectrum—casual concern, interconnectedness, and unity consciousness—and offers specific examples of each.

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