Sunday, 31 December 2017 07:14

From Igbo neurosis to sanity

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A Happy New Year to all my friends.


Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

You cannot succeed in life unless you are committed to doing what you have aptitude for doing, what you like doing and what there is a market demand for.

You have to produce and sell what people want to buy for you to make profit.  If you are committed to producing what people do not want to buy and what has no uses for people you are not going to succeed.


If you reject your body and self and is obsessive-compulsively committed to becoming an ideal, powerful self you are not going to succeed at it. If you pursue a big self no one is going to allow you to become bigger than him so you will hot have buyers for your product, big self. The big self is neurotic and or psychotic.

In a few times in human history, especially when people are insecure they may seek a person who is pursuing ideal, powerful self to lead them; such a neurotic person tells his people that they are ideal and powerful selves and that they are superior to other people.

Adolf Hitler told Germans that they are superior selves and they followed him. But such regimes last only a few years. Hitler lasted twelve years before the madness he unleashed in the world consumed him and his people.

You cannot pursue an insane policy of seeking your group's superiority and expect other groups to accept your delusion; if you insist on that delusion of superiority for your group other groups would hate you and your group and do just about everything to put you down and place obstacles on your path.

War generally results when an individual and or group seek superiority to other groups and they are always defeated, for insanity is always defeated. Only Equality is sanity.

So what are you committed to that is realistic to the needs of this world, that is sane and there is market demand for; a goal that you are giving one hundred percent of your time to, twenty four seven?

In the past I was committed to seeking ego ideal and neurotic power. I am now committed to having no ego separated power at all.

I am committed to living from inner unified self that also has an individual self but knows that it is part of all selves hence loves itself and all selves. The purified ego is not defending an imaginary big self; it is calm, peaceful and happy.

I am committed to living egolessly and teaching all people to live egolessly by example, deed and words.


Do people demand teachers of egoless living? Is there a market for it? Have we done a market study to find out that it is what people wanted?

And even if people demand it is it good for them; there are many things that people desire that are not good for them; and how do we know that it is good or not good for people?

People desire peace and happiness but not the Carthaginian peace of graveyards and the happiness of mindless zombies.

We live in the world of egos and some egos for their own reasons, including the reasons of insanity will try to impress you that their egos are better than your ego.

For example, Igbo egos want their neighbors to see them as superior egos. Obviously, people cannot allow them to be insane by allowing them to get away with their delusional claims. You tell them that their egos are not better than other people's egos and teach them that all egos are the same and coequal.

If they are not willing to live with that reality then they can go to hell. If they act out people will knock them down (The proud are always pulled down).

You teach them why they seek existential importance. All human beings seek superiority but the difference is that Igbos do so by pretending to be better than other people.

No human being or group of human beings can ever be better than others. And no human being or groups can accept that you and your group are superior to them.

Even if your group's material culture is demonstrably superior to others those others will still not see you as superior to them. Western science and technology based culture is, at least, 1000 years ahead of Africans' culture. That notwithstanding, Africans do not see white folk as superior to them. If that is the case then imagine the ridiculousness of a primitive group, Igbos, claiming to be superior to other Africans. Their claim has no material basis at all; it is simply psychotic! It makes them feel good to fancy themselves better than other people but that feeling is based on vacuous grounds.

We are born in body; body is very vulnerable. Body feels weak, gets sick and in time will die. To live in body is to feel like one is not special, to feel like one is nothing.

Body makes people feel unimportant and worthless, after all bodies are food for worms. People in bodies must feel some inferiority and inadequacy.

Feeling inferior people seek the opposite of inferiority, which is superiority. People all over the world compensate for inferiority with pursuit of superiority. This is, as Alfred Adler pointed out, the nature of neurosis.  Every human being is a bit neurotic; it is a question of degrees.

We are born and will die and do not know if the grave is the end of the road for us .If death, oblivion and finitude is all that awaits us then we are nothing.

Some people posit God and heaven as their future; however, there is no proof that God and heaven exists. Religion, as Karl Marx pointed out, is the opium for the masses. Philosophy and science is the solace for thinkers.

For our present purposes, death and finitude contributes to human beings sense of insignificance and they seek significance; some seek significance and worth neurotically and or psychotically.

Some individuals feel inordinately inferior and compensate with too much superiority seeking. The pursuit of superiority leads them to fancy that they are better than other people. Since neurosis has ambition in it neurotic people are ambitious; in general, neurotic persons tend to accomplish more than normal people.

Perceiving their neurotic accomplishments, neurotics boast that they are better than other people and want people to see them as their superiors.

Neurotic Igbos work hard and, apparently, do accomplish things; they then feel superior to their Nigerian neighbors who are less neurotically driven to achieve the fantasies of this world.

Neurotic Igbos want their neighbors to see them as superior to them! (If I see you as superior to me, I made that judgment, and by that act am telling you that I am superior to you!)

No sane human beings can ever see other human beings as superior to him. In fact, if you go from covert sense of superiority to overt sense of superiority your neighbors will feel angry at you; they will resent you to the point of literally attacking you; they will try to either pull you down or kill you.

Neurotic Igbos feel superior to their Nigerian neighbors and those resent them and place obstacles on their paths; they do everything in their power to bring them down. When that does not work they physically attack and kill them to show them that they are nothing but animals that bullets kill and they rot and smell worse than feces.

As long as Igbos have neurotic, that is, deluded need to feel superior to other people they will be hated and occasionally attacked and killed. Therefore, for their own welfare they must heal their existential delusion disorder, their group paranoia, Folie a' deux.

(Folie à deux (/fɒˈli ə ˈduː/; French pronunciation: [fɔli a dø]; French for "madness of two"), or shared psychosisis a psychiatric syndrome in which symptoms of a delusional belief and sometimes hallucinations are transmitted from one individual to another.]The same syndrome shared by more than two people may be called folie à trois, folie à quatre, folie en famille, or even folie à plusieurs ("madness of many").Recent psychiatric classifications refer to the syndrome as shared psychotic disorder (DSM-IV – 297.3) and induced delusional disorder (F24) in the ICD-10, although the research literature largely uses the original name. This disorder is not in the current DSM (DSM-5). The disorder was first conceptualized in 19th-century French psychiatry by Charles Lasègue and Jean-Pierre Falret and is also known as Lasègue-Falret syndrome.)  Wikipedia

You can point this dynamics out to Igbos but that does not mean that they would accept it; neurotics and deluded persons do not accept reality; they live in fantasy land.

Like neurotics and deluded persons all over the world, many Igbos are attracted by madness, by the insane desire to seem superior to other people and will probably always try to seem superior to other people and their neighbors will hate and kill them.

When killed they see themselves as innocent victims and cry to the world to sympathize with them, to see them as innocent victims of bad Nigerians. The world knows that they are deluded neurotics who brought their harm and death unto themselves hence ignore their frantic call for help.

The only help they need is to be told to see themselves as the equals of all people, black and white, man and woman, adult and child, and live as such by respecting all people. They must be helped to learn humility instead of their present childish arrogance and grandiosity. Hubris, pride always leads to fall.

They cannot go about fancying themselves superior to other people; they are wacked out wannabe superior narcissists who feel entitled to exploiting people, using and discarding people, those they see as inferior to them; indeed, the criminal elements among them steal from people; they steal from those they see as inferior to them or sell drugs to those they see as inferior to them.

Because they do these nefarious things people hate and attack them. They are not innocent victims but actively make the thorny beds they sleep on.

My job is to tell them these things and leave it to them to use the information or ignore it and pay the price they have always paid for their neurosis: other people hating them and occasionally attacking and killing them.

They say that insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, again, and expecting different results. If you feel superior to people, boast about your phantom superiority to them they will not admire you; instead, they will hate and attack you and if you expect admiration from them you are insane.

Right now Igbos run around claiming to be Jews. Jews are white folks and Igbos are black. Igbos are not genetically related to Jews. The reason they claim to be Jews is to hijack Jews 3000 years' history of glorious accomplishments and now claim to own those accomplishments. This is part of their 419 scamming behaviors; they take over other people's accomplishments.

Moreover, by claiming to be Jews Igbos feel like they are white, not black hence superior to their African neighbors.

In our extant world blacks and Africans are perceived as inferior persons by white folks so Igbos want to escape that negative perception in a deluded manner rather than working to prove that they have what it takes to be somebody in the world.  The claim that they are Jews is part of their delusional quest for false superiority.

Igbos must be sternly told to knock off their neurotic claim to be non-African; they are Africans; their language is part of the Niger-Cong-Kwa African language group; Igbo is related to their neighbors' languages; Igbos are genetically related to Edo, Yoruba, Idoma and not to Jews.

Simply stated, helping Igbos heal their delusion disorder is a useful function.

At the individual level, a neurotic (such as avoidant personality) who withdraws from people and in social avoidance nurses false sense of superiority and feels angry when other people treat him as if he is ordinary must be healed. Such a person must be taught that there is no use hiding from other persons to go seem superior in a magical manner; he must accept human sameness and equality and go relate to people on that basis.

If you feel equal to people, not inferior or superior to them, you tend to not only get along with people but learn better at school and work and have less anxiety, anger and sadness.


In the world of egos conflicts is inevitable; you cannot escape from all conflict but you can minimalize it by living as egolessly as is possible.

You can resolve not to think and act as if you are superior to other people and or try to exercise power over other people while not accepting other people acting superior to you or exercising power over you.


If you transform your life so that you live egolessly you can teach people how to live less egoistically.  From personal experience you know all the pitfalls of living egoistically, such as having excessive fear, anxiety, sadness  anger, paranoia, mania, schizophrenia and other mental upsets; all emotional and mental disorders are due to human beings desire to seem important when in fact they are not so.

You teach people how to live egolessly hence live peacefully. If you live peacefully and teach peace you are doing a good thing for mankind.

There is a market for teachers of peace. Will you join me in teaching peace and love through understanding why people do what they do and insisting that they behave in a healthy, that is, loving manner?

Have a Happy New year, friends

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

December 31, 2017

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Ozodi Osuji Ph.D

Ozodi Thomas Osuji is from Imo State, Nigeria. He obtained his PhD from UCLA. He taught at a couple of Universities and decided to go back to school and study psychology. Thereafter, he worked in the mental health field and was the Executive Director of two mental health agencies. He subsequently left the mental health environment with the goal of being less influenced by others perspectives, so as to be able to think for himself and synthesize Western, Asian and African perspectives on phenomena. Dr Osuji’s goal is to provide us with a unique perspective, one that is not strictly Western or African but a synthesis of both. Dr Osuji teaches, writes and consults on leadership, management, politics, psychology and religions. Dr Osuji is married and has three children; he lives at Anchorage, Alaska, USA.

He can be reached at: (907) 310-8176