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Title: Philodemus's Advice on Dealing with Obstinacy
Author(s): CHUNG, Michael
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 29    Date: 2019   
Pages: 17-27
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.29.0.3286935

Abstract :
Many people desire to progress in their practice and understanding of spirituality but sometimes they are prevented due to their own inability to see past their personally accepted presuppositions of themselves and their own inability to see their need for change. This causes an individual to be unable to move beyond a certain threshold of application and understanding of spirituality and is stuck at a specific stage. This will require other entities to help the individual progress. The Epicurean method of Psychagogy offers methods to break past barriers, individuals must be part of a community and listen to a spiritual director in order to receive constructive feedback, in some cases, the feedback will be harsh. Spiritual directors do not commonly employ these techniques but in the case of the extremely obstinate and unyielding, Epicurean Psychagogic methods could be a last resort to break through walls in order to achieve a deeper spirituality.

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