Monday, 01 May 2017 21:21

Still on Igbos are Jews imbroglio

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My inclination is not to give this whole Igbos are Jews imbroglio a second thought and move on. This is because I scanned the scientific literature and see no evidence that Igbos are related to Jews.

  1. What I read tells me that Igbo language is not a Semitic language; it is part of the Niger-Congo languages.
  2. Igbos are not genetically related to Jews.  I have not seen a DNA study that shows a match between Igbo DNA and Jewish DNA.
  3. Igbo DNA matches those of their neighbors, such as Edos, Yoruba’s and Idomas.
  4. Igbos in physical structure are Negroid; they are an African people who live in the equatorial rain forest and everything about them is like their neighbors.
  5. Igbos, Edos and Yorubas and Idomas probably were the same people not too long ago, perhaps, less than three thousand years ago (their languages and cultures are related).
  6. Simply put, I do not see any connection between Igbos and Jews and, as such, I would rather not waste my time arguing with those who make such an outrageous assertion.
  7. Those who make the assertion that Igbos are Jews are probably Africans who are so ashamed of their Africanness that they deny it and would like to be seen as Jews.
  8. In claiming to be Jews they wash away (wish, not realty) their primitive status and now take ownership of Jews’ four thousand years of historical accomplishments.
  9. In effect, they are trying to steal Jewish history and make it their own; in that sense they are thieves; I have no use for criminals; thus, my inclination is to move on.  Yet, a part of me asks me to pay attention to these claimants’ views.

They have written an elaborate fiction that they call history showing how one of the children of Jacob that they call Gad left Egypt and went south and found a new home at Nri.

The writing is made up, make belief, fictional. These people are not writing history that anyone can verify but fairy tales that they want to believe as true and browbeat other people to believe it. If you do not buy into their delusion they cavalierly dismiss you as talking rubbish.

Let us assume that Jews did leave Egypt and went southwards. How would they travel? They would probably travel along the River Nile, from the Nile at Egypt southwards. They would go through Sudan, and enter Ethiopia and continue following the Nile until they get to its source, Lake Victoria (they would have passed through todays Kenya and reached Zambia and South Africa).

If Jews went south they would have settled along the Nile or along its tributaries until they got to Lake Victoria. They would have easily travelled in this region for it is mostly savanna. Jews had horses, camels and donkeys and those animals would easily travel in the savanna region of Africa.

They would have had a difficult time entering the disease infested rain forest (in the Congo and West Africa; before the discovery quinine in the mid-1800s white and Arab folks who ventured into the rain forest died from mosquito bites).

Therefore, I do not really see under which scenario the Jews would have come to Alaigbo, in the middle of the dense equatorial forest of West Africa.

Jews are a people of the book. From their history we know that they value writing and reading. If they had left Egypt for black Africa they would have taken their writing skills and books with them and continued reading and writing (as they did in Ethiopia, the Falashas, that is).

Igbos did not have writing when the British saw them in the nineteenth century. They did not develop writing or the wheel or ability to govern themselves with a governing apparatus that is Igbo wide. By any anthropological indices Igbos were a stateless, primitive people.

It seems to me that it is the awareness of how backward they were that made some Igbos to feel ashamed of themselves and attempt to wipe out that shame by stealing Jewish history as their own.

Having said this, I am aware that some Igbos look like they have mixed race ancestry. I and other folks in my family certainly could pass for mixed white- black persons.

Where did this fair complexion come from? I don’t know. May be it came from the Europeans who were buying slaves at the coast having sex with African women and their DNA lives in fair complexioned Igbos. I don’t know and this is not an issue for me.

I know that many Igbos seem to believe in this Igbo is Jews hullabaloo. Such Igbos have created an elaborate fabrication that they call history.  What they call their history is largely make belief fiction.

What they did is akin to what deluded persons do: deny their identity and posit an alternative identity, one that seems superior and believe in it as their identity.  These people now believe that they are Jews.

The mad man who tells you that he is god will attack you if you told him that he is an ordinary person not god. By the same token, deluded Igbos attack those who tell them that they are not gods (represented by Jews...they project godlike qualities to Jews so as to claim them as their own).

In my opinion, these people are insane and need to be helped to accept their African identity rather than deny it and pretend to be white folks.

Jews were not made white by living in Europe; we have pictures and painting of them before the Greeks and later Romans conquered them; they looked like Arabs, a Semitic people; a midway between white and black; more like todays Arabs; Jews are Semitic people; Semitic people are not black people.

I expect those Igbos who have invested a lot of emotional energy and effort in believing that they are Jews to disagree with me and call me all sorts of put down names.

I have caused them loads of cognitive dissonance; I have challenged their systematic delusion that they are important folks which they are not; so, they will be angry at me and try to tune out what I said so as to restore belief in their preconception of who they are (their mad self).

Name calling is not evidence of the truth of a contention. Let them show us evidence that they are genetically related to Jews, that their language is related to Jewish language and so on; until then I will continue to see these folks as suffering from delusion disorder, grandiose type (here, a person denies his true identity because he believes that it is uncivilized and inferior and identify with those he believes are civilized and or of high social status; the motivation for delusion disorder is need to seem superior to other people).

CONCLUSION

Empirical observation in this world shows us that it is the powerless that want to be like the powerful; for example, in north America black folks (powerless folk) want to be like white folks (powerful folk) but white folks do not want to be like black folks. (This is a generalization; there are exceptions to it.)

Igbos want to be like Jews but Jews do not want to be like Igbos or Africans.  This tells me that it is Igbos who have a problem not Jews.

Igbos feel inordinately inferior and inadequate and are compensating with false superiority; claiming to be a seeming superior people, such as Jews and white folks in general gratifies their neurotic wish for superiority.

Igbos need to heal their mild mental disorder (in psychiatry called shared psychosis, aka group psychosis, or shared paranoia, or shared delusion disorder, folie a’deux) and accept their ordinariness; they must stop questing after specialness for special they are not.

No human being, black or white is superior to other human beings; accept this reality and know peace and happiness.

It is Igbos quest for delusion of superiority that disposes them to look down on other Nigerians (people) and make other people to hate them. Thus, wherever they are they get people to hate them; they are always disturbing society’s peace with their misguided quest for nonexistent superiority.

I know how difficult it is to heal delusion disorder (paranoia) because it serves existential function for folks; the exigencies of living in an impersonal world makes folks feel inferior and they desire to restitute with magical wishes for superiority; if they let go of their false sense of superiority they feel like they are nothing. So they would rather grasp unto the straw of importance than accept the reality that human beings are nothing.

Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanos, tsunamis, draught, floods, tornadoes, diseases caused by bacteria, virus and fungi kill people as if they have no worth.

Politically powerful people (in America, white folks; in Nigeria Fulanis) screw weak people (such as black Americans and Igbos).

Let go of the desire for false power and accept ordinariness and become mentally healthy; but as long as you desire grandiose importance you are neurotic or psychotic.

The psychotic (is deluded and hallucinates) believes that he is already  powerful; whereas the neurotic wishes to be powerful but knows that he is weak hence tests reality well and is not yet insane although he is unhappy with his reality of powerlessness. The normal person accepts his reality without ego defenses: being ordinary.

It is the quest for false existential power and worth that causes most mental disorders.

 

  • Yesterday, I posted an excerpt on delusion disorder. I will round up the discourse by posting another excerpt, this time on paranoid personality disorder. Read it and try to know the distinction between paranoid personality, delusion disorder and schizophrenia and mania. Many Igbos and Nigerians have mental disorders but do not know it!

Cheers,

Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD

May 1, 2017

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    From Psych-Central:

Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms

By Steve Bressert, Ph.D.
~ 4 min read

People with paranoid personality disorder are generally characterized by having a long-standing pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others.  A person with paranoid personality disorder will nearly always believe that other people’s motives are suspect or even malevolent.

Individuals with this disorder assume that other people will exploit, harm, or deceive them, even if no evidence exists to support this expectation. While it is fairly normal for everyone to have some degree of paranoia about certain situations in their lives (such as worry about an impending set of layoffs at work), people with paranoid personality disorder take this to an extreme — it pervades virtually every professional and  personal relationship they have.

Individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder are generally difficult to get along with and often have problems with close relationships. Their excessive suspiciousness and hostility may be expressed in overt argumentativeness, in recurrent complaining, or by quiet, apparently hostile aloofness. Because they are hypervigilant for potential threats, they may act in a guarded, secretive, or devious manner and appear to be “cold” and lacking in tender feelings. Although they may appear to be objective, rational, and unemotional, they more often display a labile range of affect, with hostile, stubborn, and sarcastic expressions predominating. Their combative and suspicious nature may elicit a hostile response in others, which then serves to confirm their original expectations.

Because individuals with Paranoid Personality Disorder lack trust in others, they have an excessive need to be self-sufficient and a strong sense of autonomy. They also need to have a high degree of control over those around them. They are often rigid, critical of others, and unable to collaborate, and they have great difficulty accepting criticism.

A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from the norm of the individual’s culture. The pattern is seen in two or more of the following areas: cognition; affect; interpersonal functioning; or impulse control. The enduring pattern is inflexible and pervasive across a broad range of personal and social situations. It typically leads to significant distress or impairment in social, work or other areas of functioning. The pattern is stable and of long duration, and its onset can be traced back to early adulthood or adolescence.

Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent. This usually begins in early adulthood and presents in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the  following:

  • Suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her
  • Is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates
  • Is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her
  • Reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events
  • Persistently bears grudges (i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights)
  • Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others, and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack
  • Has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner

Paranoid personality disorder generally isn’t diagnosed when another psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia or a bipolar or depressive disorder with psychotic features, has already been diagnosed in the person.

Because personality disorders describe long-standing and enduring patterns of behavior, they are most often diagnosed in adulthood. It is uncommon for them to be diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, because a child or teen is under constant development, personality changes and maturation. However, if it is diagnosed in a child or teen, the features must have been present for at least 1 year.

Paranoid personality disorder is more prevalent in males than females, and occurs somewhere between 2.3 and 4.4 percent in the general population.

Like most personality disorders, paranoid personality disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age, with many people experiencing few of the most extreme symptoms by the time they are in the 40s or 50s.

How is Paranoid Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

Personality disorders such as  paranoid personality disorder are typically diagnosed by a trained mental health professional, such as a psychologist or  psychiatrist. Family physicians and general practitioners are generally not trained or well-equipped to make this type of psychological diagnosis. So while you can initially consult a family physician about this problem, they should refer you to a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. There are no laboratory, blood or genetic tests that are used to diagnose paranoid personality disorder.

Many people with paranoid personality disorder don’t seek out treatment. People with personality disorders, in general, do not often seek out treatment until the disorder starts to significantly interfere or otherwise impact a person’s life. This most often happens when a person’s coping resources are stretched too thin to deal with stress or other life events.

A diagnosis for  paranoid  personality disorder is made by a mental health professional comparing your symptoms and life history with those listed here. They will make a determination whether your symptoms meet the criteria necessary for a personality disorder diagnosis.

Causes of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Researchers today don’t know what causes paranoid personality disorder.  There are many theories, however, about the possible causes of paranoid   personality disorder.  Most professionals subscribe to a biopsychosocial model of causation — that is, the causes of  are likely due to biological and genetic factors, social factors (such as how a person interacts in their early development with their family and friends and other children), and psychological factors (the individual’s personality and temperament, shaped by their environment and learned coping skills to deal with stress). This suggests that no single factor is responsible — rather, it is the complex and likely intertwined nature of all three factors that are important. If a person has this personality disorder, research suggests that there is a slightly increased risk for this disorder to be “passed down” to their children.

Treatment of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Treatment of  paranoid personality disorder  typically involves long-term psychotherapy with a therapist that has experience in treating this kind of personality disorder. Medications may also be prescribed to help with specific troubling and debilitating symptoms. For more information about treatment, please see paranoid personality disorder treatment. 

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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: ozodiosuji@gmail.com (907) 310-8176