Thursday, 31 August 2017 02:15

Facebook offers us a place to exhibit our personalities

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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 something in your head you do not parade your body to be admired, you parade what you think that you know for folks to read.

The world has loads of problems to be solved and this sister just wants us to see her as a pretty doll. Pity!

Some folks write philosophical stuff and post it at Facebook. I know a German woman, Ursula, whose every post is pure philosophy; she enriches the minds of her readers.

Some folks write humorous stuff (as my young Yoruba friend, Anne, does).

Each person comes to face book to show the world what he or she is made of. This is good. We all exhibit who we are for the people of the world to see who we are.

On the cynical side, the FBI, CIA, M16, KGB, FSB, MASOD and other intelligence agencies have their work made easier for them. If they want to do a psychological profile of a person all they need to do is read his posts at Facebook and other social media; from his writing they probably would learn all they want to learn about him.

Welcome to what Aldous Huxley called our "Brave new world" a world where people unwittingly tell other people about their innermost secrets.

Now, don't go paranoid on me and take this self-revelatory situation too seriously. Just laugh at it. We are the stuff of laughter.

Look at it this way: we are really open books and anybody who wants to read us can, with little or no efforts, do so. For example, I do not care if you know all about me. In fact, I will not even wait, just ask me and I tell you all I know about me. I am what is called a fool, a person who hides nothing from other people. I am not like wise folks who hide themselves from the world and live in the psychological pain induced by hiding the content of their minds.

Most people are actually not aware that intelligence agencies hire clinical psychologists to work for them; these psychologists interact with the big wigs of the countries  that they are posted to and subsequently write psychological profiles of them, and advising their home countries on how to manipulate them.

Consider the rulers of Nigeria. They are mostly like children; their psychological profiles can be written after only a couple of hours of socializing with them and how they can be manipulated advised. Give an infantile Nigerian leader a few dollars, since he is not actuated by ideology or need to develop his people, he would sell his country.

You can be readily read, my dear friend; Facebook has made that desire to read you easier by giving you the opportunity to gratify your narcissistic desire to get other people's attention and admiration hence post stuff about you at Facebook.

Ozodi Thomas Osuji

August 30, 2017

www.centerformindscience.org

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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