Psychology

THE ABSENCE OF LOVE IS THE CAUSE OF ALL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISORDERS; THE PRESENCE OF LOVE IS WHAT HEALS ALL EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL DISORDERS Ozodi Thomas Osuji I am always thinking about what other people think about me; I would like them to see me as powerful and perfect, a superior person. This means that I do not really think about them but am preoccupied with what they think about me; I want them to collude with me and see me as I want to be seen, an important person. I do not have love for those I want…
To Have Peace And Happiness One Must Stop Striving For A Better Self Ozodi Osuji My whole life is a preparation to have a better self; a preparation to have a better future, a preparation to live well but never living in the now, the moment. I am always striving for a better self, a powerful self, and a perfect self, for anything but living as I am now. WHY? Why am I always living for the future not the present? I saw my present self, especially my body, as problematic, which biologically it is and rejected it and used…
Sunday, 09 April 2017 23:34

Existentialism On My Mind.

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Jean Paul Sartre, in his 1948 book, Existentialism and Humanism, tried to tell us what existentialism is; he said that "existence precedes essence". Let me try to explain what he meant and, perhaps, in the process shade light on what existentialism is. Most forms of philosophy and religion posit what they call human nature; that is, they postulate the essence of who people are supposed to be. Having posited an abstract conception of who they think that people are, they then try to fit real people into their mental constructs of who they are supposed to be. In effect, essence…
Friday, 07 April 2017 00:02

Coping with existential depression

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Abstract This paper is a feedback to a young man that presents with what the writer judged existential depression. The young man did not find any earthly activity meaningful and therefore did not really want to do anything. He felt that life in body is a waste of time, ennui, since ultimately we shall all die. The paper seeks ways to motivate the young man to live fully in the face of the existential realities he described. The larger aim of the paper is to postulate how human beings can cope with their meaningless and purposeless existence. COPING WITH EXISTENTIAL…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 21:11

Existential Psychotherapy

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Abstract: This paper points out that whereas biology and society play roles in the genesis of mental health issues the nature of existence itself is probably the key determiner of mental health or lack of it. It says that existence presents human beings with the sad information that they are not special and are essentially nothing; it says that how an individual deals with this assault on his self-esteem is critical to his mental health; it says that human beings would like to see themselves as having worth and see their lives as meaningful and purposeful so in the presence…
Saturday, 25 March 2017 17:07

Ending ones unhealthy neurotic dances

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From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: LIFE SHOULD NOT BE SICKNESS TO BE ENDURED All my life, I have lived with constant stomach upset; that stomach pain is registered on my face; my face looks strained and has been that way all my life, this is no longer acceptable to me. Sadly, this situation is so while I study and talk spirituality; apparently, spirituality does not help me straighten out my bodily issues. Those who talk spirituality invariably die from the bodily issues they have and neglected to pay attention to. Jane Roberts, Helen Schucman, Kenneth Warpnick, Wayne Dyer, Jesus Christ,…
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 19:34

Do not ever seek approval from other people

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YOU BEGIN WITH SENSE OF DEFICIT AND MAKE THE MISTAKE OF ASKING OTHER PEOPLE TO MAKE YOU LESS DEFICIENT Ozodi Thomas Osuji In childhood, I began out with a sense of deficit; I believed that there is something wrong with my body. I ended up asking other people to tell me that I am good enough. I wanted to be like those that I perceived to be good so as to make me seem good. I wanted to attach me to those that seem good so as to feel good. At school, I wanted to be like the children of…
Sunday, 26 February 2017 05:28

For your own good please listen to these facts

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If you are a person with normal intelligence you have observed the human condition and know what it is although you may not like it. By the time a typical human child reaches adolescence (age 13) he or she has lived long enough to have observed certain facts about human beings. He has observed that he does get sick and need medications to kill the germs that cause his sickness; he has observed that he needs food to nourish his body and without food he would die; he has observed that he has to live in a shelter otherwise his…
When we say: "Gifts can kill you kpata kpata," we mean gifts can cause the loss of lives as events in his essay reveal. Gifts may create enemies for you, particularly when the receivers feel they are God's gift to you and you owe him a gift of your own. Some of our people have a dreadful horrifying sense of entitlement. An entitlement is when the person being given the gift feels he/she has a right, power, prerogative, or claim to the gift. Our Nigerian relatives need to be cured of the DOE. This DOE is not the Department of…
Friday, 30 December 2016 22:01

Cognitive therapy heals all mental disorders

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In America, middle class white Americans go to psychotherapists and pay them over a hundred dollars per hour (and do so weekly for many years) to help them improve their self-esteems. They recognize that it is those who have positive self-esteems that do productive work. On the other hand, Nigerians in Nigeria and at Nigerian Internet forums kind of think that it is cute for them to constantly attack each other's self-esteems. They consciously hope to destroy each other's self-esteems (hence I call them primitive savages). Attacks on their people's self-esteems contribute to low productivity of Nigerians and Africans in…
On December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve, a woman was stripped naked and paraded throughout a village somewhere in Igbo land. Her picture was flashed all over social media, especially Facebook (where I saw it). It was reported that she had stolen a live chicken (for her Christmas meal) and was caught. The chicken was hung on her back as she was paraded through the village's byways. I do not know that she, in fact, stole the chicken hung on her back; that is not the issue; the real issue is what the villagers wanted to accomplish by parading her naked.…
Sunday, 11 December 2016 22:49

More on Dreams

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ONES BELIEFS BURIED IN ONES UNCONSCOUS MIND SHAPES ONES LIFE Dreams tell one what one's unconscious beliefs are Ozodi Thomas Osuji If you want to know about your real beliefs and motivations you have to go beyond what your conscious self tells you about you. There is an unconscious part of you that determine what you do at the conscious level. That unconscious part of you is where your beliefs are, and those beliefs shape the world you see. Ones beliefs literally determine the world one sees and reacts to. Human society is really the product of our collective beliefs…
DR. QUANZY SALAKO I NEED YOUR HELP! Dr. Quanzy Salako where are you when I really need you! In the past you showed uncanny understanding of dreams; you interpreted some of my dreams better than the best psychoanalyst would. I need you to interpret the following dream for me. So, if you are reading this piece please feel free to give me your interpretation of it. My Igbo compatriots do not pay attention to such things as dream interpretation; they are lost in living life at the appearance level; they are mostly only chasing prestige and material wealth and do…
The false needs to be defended to make it seem real in the defender's awareness but defense does not make it real; defense merely makes the false seem real but does not make it real. If you feel physically weak and compensate with desire to seem powerful and posit a powerful self-concept and self-image that you want to become that false self would motivate you to do things that seem big; you would feel angry at those who treat you as if you are not big. However, despite your desire to be powerful you are still not powerful; you can…
Friday, 02 December 2016 16:14

Are You thinking About Nigeria And Your Life?

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Let’s assume you’re from Nigeria, and you know what’s happening in the country and to your fellow countrymen and women. What do you think as you examine the statements below? Throw the statements around at dinner table as you talk with your family and friends. This Christmas season is the best time to begin discussing and thinking about lovely Nigeria. How does the discussion go? And what valuable lessons are you learning from the discussions? Focus your thoughts a bit deeper. Education is the essential bedrock of a strong democracy. There’s a world of similarities and shared meaning in Buhari…
From Ozodi Osuji's Daily Journal: IN EGO AND BODY PEOPLE ARE NOTHING BUT SEEK TO BE SOMETHING IMPORTANT Ozodi Osuji Human beings in unified spirit have total value but in body (separated state) they feel like they are nothing. This is existential for human beings can only have worth in spirit, not in separated spirit but in unified spirit, aka God. It is only in formless unified spirit state that people have worth. Since in God they have worth they cannot live without worth in ego and body so they seek worth in separated bodily selves. Everything they do on…
Thursday, 03 November 2016 15:35

More thoughts on the human personality

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The West is unable to explain the origin of the human personality. It is my job to provide people with accurate understanding of the genesis of the human personality. Freud, Adler, Jung and the other Western personality theorists did not satisfactorily explain the human self for me so I undertake to do it. PROBLEMATIC BODY MAKES THE CHILD FEEL PERSECUTED AND ORPHANED Ozodi Osuji Regardless of how much love a child receives from his mother if he inherited a problematic body he is going to feel persecuted by the world and feel abandoned by the universe, by God and people.…
I was idealistic; my mind was preoccupied with how it wanted me to become ideal and perfect, how it wanted other people to become perfect, how it wanted social institutions to become perfect and how it wanted nature (plants, animals and physical phenomena) to become perfect. My mind did not accept anything it sees as it is; it always sees something not good in something and wished for it to become better. I was preoccupied with trying to improve me, people and the world. DESIRE OF IDEALS LEADS TO FEAR The more I desired ideals and perfection the more I…
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 19:21

Frantz Fanon, Psychology and Existentialism

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Can you imagine a regular department of psychology at an American university teaching Frantz Fanon's psychology (Fanon, 1952, 1959, 1961, 1964)? If you want to study such material you have to go to black studies departments. Yet, what Fanon said is probably more useful than most things one can learn from regular American psychology. Fanon's writing was based on Alfred Adler's individual psychology (Adler, 1964, 1979), a psychology that mainstream American psychology downplayed. Adler argued that to be mentally healthy one must serve social interest; he pointed out that neurosis is the product of seeking self-interest at the expense of…
WHAT IS THE MADNESS THAT MAD CHUKWUMA IS SHOWING ME? Ozodi Osuji What is the madness that Chukwuma is modeling for me to look at? Look at what he said about me (put down everything about me), put down my father and mother and put down my town. This is what Igbos do, put Nigerians down, and put down every person in sight. Why do they do it? They do it because they have a neurotic need to seem important, big and see those around them as small. They must insult all people so as to seem big in their…
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 03:08

Mad men show us our own madness

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A MAD MAN PRESENTS HIS SELF TO YOU TO SEE AND HEAL YOUR OWN MADNESS Ozodi Osuji The next time you see a mad man please stop and pay attention to him. Why? It is because he is showing you your own madness. The mad man has a function for you; he is there to show you your own madness and ask you to see your madness in him and then heal it in you. He is not asking you to heal his madness but asking you to heal your own madness. For one thing, as long as you are…
Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:09

Biopsychology and existentialism

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Abstract: This paper points out that a realistic study of human psychology must study the human body; it is so because body mostly determines the individual's behaviors and personality. The individual responds to what is going on in his body as it tries to adapt to the exigencies of his physical and social world. A psychology that does not study the influence of the entire human body on the self-structure, not just the nervous system, is really not a scientific study, a superficial social study, may be. The individual grapples with the issues of existence. He is born and is…
Saturday, 15 October 2016 16:08

Life in ego and body is pretended importance

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If you examine the human body it actually has only make belief existence and in truth does not exist. Here is the history of how the human body came into being. Beginning at the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago, light photons transformed to quarks and electrons and quarks transformed to protons and neutrons; neutrons and protons combined into nuclei. Nuclei captured electrons and atoms are formed. Atoms combine into molecules and compounds to form the objects we see in our world. If you look at your body you see a seeming solid (with liquids and gasses) but where you…
Saturday, 08 October 2016 04:15

From passive aggression to assertiveness

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Why I Was Not An Adult Man; The Need For Assertiveness Training Ozodi Osuji As a result of my problematic body, in childhood I was very fearful; I feared harm and death. When a child is in a state of fear he tends to cling to his parents for protection. Thus, I clung to my parents to protect me. To be protected one must do what the protector wants one to do. Thus, as a child I found out what my parents (and significant others in general) wanted me to do and did them. I was totally law abiding and…
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 20:58

Biology is fate!

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The Individual's Body Shapes His Behavior And Personality Mine Makes Me Do Things Fast, To Get It Done And Over With Ozodi Osuji This afternoon I sat in front of my computer typing multiple choice questions. It is tedious doing this task and I would rather not do it. But I had to do it so I sat right there writing questions and giving four possible correct answers to each question. Some instructors' text books come with questions in a disk that the instructor could choose from but in this case I had to write the questions. It took me…