Psychology

Saturday, 20 January 2018 02:48

Byron Katie and Taoist Psychotherapy

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BYRON KATIE AND TAOIST PSYCHOTHERAPY Ozodi Thomas Osuji According to Byron Katie, there is mind; thoughts enter mind and will always do so for that is the nature of mind and thinking. You cannot prevent thoughts from entering your mind; what you should do is let thoughts enter into your mind and then flow out and you remain calm. If you identify with any thought that enters your mind and take it too seriously it might disturb your peace. You are not your thoughts. The thoughts that enter your mind are not your mind; the nature of mind is for…
Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:35

Using Byron Katie's The work in psychotherapy

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USING "THE WORK" By Byron Kathleen Mitchell Years ago, I, Ozodi Thomas Osuji, read Byron Katie's books: (1) Loving what is, (2) I need your love, is that True (3) A Thousand names for Joy (written with her husband, Stephen Mitchell). Her books have what she calls the work. This evening (January 17, 2018), for some reasons, Byron Katie entered my mind and I decided to revisit "the work". I went to her website: www.thework.com JUDGE YOUR NEIGBOR The work begins by asking you to judge your neighbor. Most spiritual teachings ask us not to judge other people. As we…
MIND IS A NEUTRAL MECHANISM THAT DOES WHATEVER YOU ASK IT TO DO Ozodi Thomas Osuji What is mind? Mind is consciousness and intelligence, a mental energy with which we think and do things. Mind is a neutral mechanism that does whatever we ask it to do. It has no volition of its own but does what we ask it to do. We also use body, another neutral mechanism, to do whatever we want to do (within the limitation imposed by matter, space and time). Our real self, which I believe is spirit, has mind and sometimes body; it uses…
WHAT IS THE CURE FOR DELUSION DISORDER, PARANOIA AND NARCISSISM? Ozodi Thomas Osuji, PhD To the best of my knowledge no one has figured out a way to cure delusion disorder, aka paranoia. There is no medication for it, either. Let me try to shade some light on the phenomenon and suggest how it can be dealt with. The term paranoia is Greek. It means that the person has rejected his real self and invented an ideal, perfect self that she wants to become and identified with that alternative ideal self. In effect, the paranoid person wears a mask, and…
Saturday, 06 January 2018 05:44

What we see in Trump is in us

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WHAT WE SEE IN DONALD TRUMP WE HAVE IN US; HE TEACHES US TO CHANGE THOSE THINGS IN US Ozodi Thomas Osuji Donald Trump is clearly a child in an adult's body; he is emotionally no more than ten years old in a seventy one year old's body. He is a child seeking attention and admiration from other people and working very hard to get that admiration from people; being the president of the United States is a way of getting attention from the entire world. The man's personality is clearly narcissistic in that he seeks other people's admiration, use…
MY PURSUIT OF IDEALISM MASKS MY EXISTENTIAL DEPRESSION Ozodi Thomas Osuji My obsessive compulsive pursuit of idealism is my attempt to hide my underlying existential depression. In childhood I appraised the nature of existence, my body and self and decided that it is not good. If I accepted that fact I would be clinically depressed and would have to be on medication (a life maintained with medication is as good as pointless for it says that we are nothing, mere animals). I saw a pointless self and life and tried to hide it, to compensate with desire for ideal body…
IS THE REASON WHY NO AFRICAN COUNTRY IS WELL GOVERNED BECAUSE AFRICANS ARE, ON THE AVERAGE, UNINTELLIGENT? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Clearly, no extant African country is well governed. Many observers have posited their understanding of the reasons why this is so. Many attribute causation to the neocolonial relationships between Africans and the Western world: the metropolis and periphery issue. It is said that the metropolis exploits the periphery, and deliberately keep it underdeveloped and have it produce the raw materials for its industries. The west is said to literally take African raw materials for free, manufacture them into finished products…
Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:18

The mystery of human intelligence

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THE MYSTERY OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE This evening I felt a need to go native; by that I mean listen to African music; I call it going native because my normal music faire is classical music. I came of age in the 1970s Lagos, Nigeria so the music of that era is my music. Who best represents the music of that period than Fela Kuti? Thus, I turned on Fela Kuti on YouTube at 10 PM (November 25, 2017) and have been listening to it in the last five hours. As I listen to this artist's wonderful music, a question keeps…
Jewells Olson: I think that you already understand this phenomenon but our conversation, yesterday, made me restate it in writing and share it with folks. IF WE PUT FEAR INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUS MINDS WE HAVE FEARFUL DREAMS AT NIGHT; IF WE PUT LOVE INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUS MINDS WE HAVE LOVING DREAMS WHEN WE SLEEP; IF WE PUT DESIRE FOR POWER AND WEALTH INTO OUR SUBCONSCIOUSN MINDS WE HAVE DRAMS WHERE WE ARE POWERFUL AND WEALTHY; IF WE SEE OURSELVES AS POOR WE HAVE DREAMS WHERE WE ARE POOR. DOES THIS PHENOMENON TRANSLATE TO OUR DAY LIVES? Ozodi Thomas Osuji Clearly,…
IT IS MY MIND THAT INTERPRETS STIMULI AND DETERMINE HOW I RESPOND TO THEM; I CAN REINTEROPRET THEM DIFFERENTLY AND RESPOND DIFFERENTLY Ozodi Thomas Osuji There are few objective things in our world, such as a wall, a mountain and a tree. Beyond the objective things are many things that we really do not understand and have to have mere ideas of what they mean to us. We interpret the nature of what we do not know. As we interest something to be we respond accordingly. Even if our interpretation turns out to be false we still respond according to…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: TO BE FEARLESS ONE MUST GIVE UP EGO AND BODY To give up fear one must not identify with ego and body and what happens to them; one must say I am not ego and body that can be hurt hence needs to defend itself; what I am I do not know and then let go and see what happens. When fear and ego is dropped one enters a different realm of being where body is still seen but is not heavy and does not weigh one down; one is now in the world of…
THE BELIEFS IN ONES SUBCONSCIOUS MIND SHAPE ONES BEHAVIORS Ozodi Thomas Osuji I have finally accepted the truism that what one puts into one's subconscious mind affects one's life. Here is how I learned that truth. I and my girlfriend moved into an apartment; we both felt that someone was running around the place. She suggested that it is perhaps the ghost of whoever lived here before we moved in. We checked with the apartment manager; lo and behold she told us that the person who lived in the apartment before we moved in had died, about a month and…
IN EXISTENTIAL DEPRESSION NOTHING IN THIS WORLD MAKES SENSE TO ONE Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am really not interested in the things of this world; the world does not make sense to me; the world bores me. If I could escape from this world with alcohol and drugs I probably would have done so. I do not like alcohol and have never tried drugs. Thus, I cannot find escape in alcohol or drugs. One cigarette and I faint so I cannot smoke, either. So what does a guy do to escape from boredom, what entertains me? Going to symphonies and…
WHY IDEALISTS ARE CRITICAL PEOPLE AND WHY THEY MUST STOP BEING CRITICAL Ozodi Thomas Osuji The idealist, in childhood, rejected his problematic body and ego and used his thinking and imagination to come up with an ideal alternative self. By age six he has already posited an ideal self. The self is conceptual; each of us uses his inherited biological constitution and social experience to construct his self-concept, aka personality. (See George Kelly, 1955, Personality as a personal construct. New York: Norton.) The ideal self has ideal standards of behaviors. (See Karen Horney, 1950, Neurosis and Human Growth. New York:…
Light from the sun takes about 9 minutes to reach us on earth. Thus, the sun you just saw is as it was nine minutes ago. The same goes for seeing those around you. Light strikes their bodies and then is reflected to your eyes and you see them. It takes a moment of time interval to see the person near you because of the nature of light and reflection. Therefore, you see the person around you as he was a moment ago not as he is right now. This is physics not metaphysics. A course in miracles talks about…
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 17:41

Living fearlessly has many benefits

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There are people whose lives are circumscribed by fear. Right from the moment that they are born they live in excessive fear. They anticipate what could harm them and take precautionary measures. As a result they live restricted, limited lives; they are always anticipating danger and running away from it. They do not live fully. As children at school they are anxious and do not learn well; as adults at work they are anxious from their anticipation of danger from their co-workers, especially from their bosses; in society as a whole they perceive danger everywhere; for example, if a police…
At Facebook some folks post their pictures for other folks to see; some write stuff for other folks to read. Each person exhibits his self for the entire world to see. I know a woman who, daily, practically changes her dress, takes picture of herself in these different attires and post them at Facebook. She apparently revels in looking pretty, bedecked in beautiful clothes and jewelry. Apparently, she wants folks to see her as beautiful. Incidentally, unbeknown to her she also wants folks to see her as a bimbo, as a woman with nothing in her head. If you have…
Sunday, 27 August 2017 03:54

Helen Schucman and dissociative disorder

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Ozodi Osuji is thinking out loud: HELEN SCHUCMAN AND DISSOCIATIVE DISORDER At night we sleep. In our sleep we dream. In our dreams are different people, each with his own well integrated personality. In a dream a person who, in day life, does not know anything about, say, physics or mathematics may have a character in it teaching physics or mathematics. Yet, it is the sleeping individual that produced the seeming different persons in his dreams, persons with skills that he may not have in day life. If that is the case could it be that the day world is…
In the early twentieth century psychiatry and psychology came into full flowering; they made fun of religion; they reinterpreted religious ideas into psychological language. Religion, for example, defined certain behaviors as evil but psychology saw those behaviors as mere psychopathologies, mental disorders caused by malfunctioning bodies or negative social experience. Paranoid, narcissistic, antisocial and other personality disorders were explained as behavior disorders. In the meantime persons with those personality disorders commit mayhem. Adolf Hitler was a paranoid, anti-social and narcissistic personality disordered person. Instead of looking at his evil behaviors, his massacring fifty million people psychoanalysts tell us that he…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: MY MIND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHINGTHAT I EXPERIENCE When I was in graduate school I concluded that professors serve the powers that be in society and really are not critical of the status quo; if they criticize the gatekeepers of society they could lose their jobs or become marginalized. Thus, they keep quiet as their country and world burns. It takes fearless, bold militants to go to the streets and mobilize to bring about social change (the society that I want is social democratic with mixed economy). Since professors do not do that I lost…
WE SEEK OTHER PEOPLES APPROVAL BECAUSE OF OUR DESIRE TO LIVE IN BODY Ozodi Thomas Osuji This is an addendum to the essay that I wrote this morning pointing out how fear makes African-Americans to tolerate slavery, racism and makes Africans to tolerate bad governance by their thievish leaders and makes human beings in general to abide by the tyrants that rule them. If people did not fear death they would challenge their leaders and if they are killed that would be better than living as second class citizens. Why do we seek other people's approval and attention? It is…
DREAMS ARE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE NEED TO CHANGE IN OUR LIVES Ozodi Thomas Osuji Freudian psychology teaches that we have several parts to our minds, including id, ego and superego; and conscious and unconscious parts. The id is our natural instincts such as sex and aggression; we have urges to satisfy those instincts; the superego is our learned and internalized social norms checking the id instincts; the ego is kind of like a referee mediating between the id (nature) and the superego (society/civilization), balancing them. For example, the id tells you to have sex with all the good…
Saturday, 29 July 2017 05:05

Real self realized

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In relating to my writing please skip them if they do not make sense to you; each of us is at a different stage in our emotional, mental and spiritual evolution on planet earth. What I write may not yet be for you although they may be so in the future. My writing will appeal to those who want to know who their real self is and want to wake up from the false ego selves we live as while on earth, the dream of self-forgetfulness, the dream of separation; we are always unified with one another and with our…
THE PURSUIT OF EGO IDEAL IS WAR ON YOUR REAL SELF; IT IS NOW TIME FOR PEACE BY STOPPING THE WAR ON YOURSELF Ozodi Thomas Osuji The desire for the ideal self is a ruse for one to use one's mind to keep attacking another part of one's mind, the real mind. The false mind, that is, the ideal mind and ideal self, attacks the real mind; the real mind is associated with body; a body seen as not good enough, just as God is seen as not good enough hence justifying attack both of them hence attacking the real…
WHEN YOU SAY GOODBYE TO FEAR YOU ALSO SAY GOODBYE TO ANGER Ozodi Thomas Osuji CORRECTING THE ERRORS IN DEPENDENT PERSONALITY Three days ago I went to a talk. I came back and wrote it up and sent a copy to the person who gave the talk. I also sent a copy to one of the participants. Also three days ago I called someone at my school and left a message, in fact, I called her the next day and also left a message in her voice mail as well as with the receptionist. None of the above three persons…