Psychology

Here is the bottom line: no matter how much I try, I do not know what the other person is thinking. I can look at his face and body posture and try to draw conclusions about what he is thinking but the fact is that I am not a mind reader and do not know what he is thinking. It is therefore idiotic to say that I know what the other guy is thinking. The best thing to do is to assume that I do not know what the other guy and all the people I meet are thinking about…
The concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD (APA, 2013) implies that the trauma is now over and the individual still experiences stress resulting from it. I do not have post-traumatic stress disorder; I have continuous traumatic stress disorder, CTSD. The nature of my body makes it respond to environmental issues with on-going trauma and stress. My body feels continually stressed, tense and anxious. This is strictly biological and environmental in causation. It is however compounded by the psychological. In childhood, given the trauma and stress my body felt I used my mind to construct an idealized self that is not…
Saturday, 07 February 2015 23:26

Is there some good in arab muslim terrorism?

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Arab Muslim Cutthroats Remind Westerners That They Are Mere Human Animals Ozodi Osuji I am always looking for some good in every event and situation. In that light I have been asking myself if there is some good in the phenomenon of Arab Muslims cutting the throats of Westerners, specifically Europeans and White Americans. Can any good come out of this barbarism? Interestingly, there seem to be some good in this Arab Muslim savagery. Civilization works in such a manner that those at its apogee forget that they are mere animals that anyone can kill, pretty much as we can…
Thursday, 05 February 2015 21:41

The pursuit of ideal self and power and neurosis

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In childhood if you have medical disorders that threaten your life and made you (and still do so now) feel at the door of death, you want to live; you posit an idealized powerful self that if you were to become him you would have the power to overcome all obstacles on your path. That self is a magical, powerful self that enables you to banish all the issues of life. It is not your real self for no human being is powerful and ideal; it is a wished for self. Having posited it and conferred it with magical powers…
Thursday, 01 January 2015 04:11

On a new beginning

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Every year we make resolutions for the New Year. Here is my resolution for the New Year. I am going to become a new man. By that I mean that I am going to live what A course in miracles teaches. The book is asking us to become new men and wants to take us to living in the Christian notion of New Jerusalem/New Israel (in its language, real world, gate of heaven, happy dream), a kingdom ruled by Christ (ruled by love). My old self lived from the ego; the new self-lives from love (the Holy Spirit); my new…
Yesterday, in talking about changing our thinking and beliefs to change our lives I noted that those who write on this subject generally take into account sociological causation of our thinking disorders but ignore the role played by physiological and existential issues in the etiology of thinking disorders. The observations below present instances where medical issues caused folks to develop thinking and personality issues. To correct our thinking issues we have to understand our physiological issues and correct them. Until the biological and existential components of personality are fully addressed we cannot change folk’s personalities. Hypersensitivity Disorder (Allergy) And The…
Saturday, 20 December 2014 05:14

Change your beliefs change your life

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Social Psychological Explanation Of Thinking Many of those who write on how to change your thinking to change your life attribute most of what is wrong with folks thinking patterns to social causation. For example, if one has low self-esteem they see it as a result of having been criticized by ones parents and or significant others while one is growing up. If you fear rejection they attribute it to been rejected by your significant others; if you fear criticism they attribute it to your significant others; if you have negative pattern of thinking they attribute it to how you…
Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:22

Existential Psychotherapy for Africans

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PURPOSE This paper was originally written for an Igbo-Nigerian who presented with paranoid personality disorder; the purpose was to help him learn about his personality issues and heal them. Whereas the paper was originally meant for a particular person, clearly other persons have similar issues as he does and could learn and heal them from reading this paper; they will learn about existential psychotherapy, a therapeutic method that I believe is particularly suited for adult human beings. This paper will eventually be published in a professional journal. Existential psychotherapy for africans Ozodi Osuji I like existential psychology and its applied…
Thursday, 04 December 2014 03:26

Are there racial differences?

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Are there differences in the races of mankind? This question must be answered conclusively for not doing so allows misguided persons to claim that their so-called race is superior to other races. Human beings are animals that consciously know that they are composed of bodies and as such must die and rot and smell worse than feces. The reality of their looming and inevitable death leads them to feel inadequate and interior. They seek to compensate and convince themselves that they have worth. One way to do so is to feel superior to other persons. Thus, everywhere human beings are…
Thursday, 04 December 2014 03:24

The dream of bondage, escape and freedom

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In the dream, I and several other persons were held hostages, prisoners in an upstairs part of a huge house. I saw a pole from the downstairs to the upstairs and slid down it, expecting the prison guards to shoot me. I ran around the downstairs looking for a door from which to run out of the building and saw a glassy windowed area and thought that I ought to break it and run out. Then I saw a door and the ambience looked like an office and well-dressed young executives were entering the building through the door. One of…
Thursday, 04 December 2014 03:22

We should never minimize the human mind

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We are often tempted to deny the power of the human mind or minimize it. One way we minimize the mind is to say that it is epiphenomenal, is the product of the brain’s configuration, the permutation of atoms in our brains; we say so even though all of neuroscience has not done more than show how messages are transmitted from one brain cell, neuron to another but has not shown how thinking is done. How do we conceptualize things; how does the brain produce dreams while we sleep? These more serious issues have not been understood by science. In…
What does it mean to say that someone is mature? To be mature is to realize and accept that every person at any moment in time is being his ego true self and is doing what his ego and body nature makes him do and is where his nature placed him to be and receiving the consequences his nature made him receive. What is immaturity? It is to see people as they are, behave as they do and believe that they ought to behave differently, be better, perfect and judge them with perfectionistic standards and criticize them and find them…
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 01:27

Changing maladaptive thinking patterns

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Some patterns of thinking and consequent behaving can cause you more headache than others. For example, if you posit a big self and think and behave from that grandiose self you are going to feel frustrated from not attaining the goals of the big self. You will feel depressed from not becoming the ideal and perfect self. You will feel paranoid when you act as if you are the big self and expect other people to treat you as it and feel angry that they didn’t treat you as it. You probably posited the big self in childhood when you…
One posits a self-concept and a self-image and defends them. One is defending an imaginary idea of who one thinks that one is that one is, in fact, not. Who one is, in fact, one does not know; if one knew the real self-one would not defend it for the real does not need defense to be real; only the unreal needs to be defended to seem real in ones awareness while it is still unreal. In my case, I posited an idealistic self-concept and self-image. My self-concept wants to change me, change other people and change the world and…
Saturday, 01 November 2014 17:20

Personality is the defense of the separated self

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The term personality means the individual’s habitual pattern of responding to stimuli from his environment (physical and social environment); it is his pattern of behaving. If a behavior pattern is described most people can decide which of their friends behave as such. By Adolescence most human beings have established patterns of behavior, personalities. Most people have normal-neurotic personalities but some have abnormal personalities. Those with personality disorders behave in such a manner that they have conflicts with other persons. Contemporary psychiatry recognizes ten personality disorders: paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, narcissistic, histrionic, borderline, anti-social, avoidant, and dependent, obsessive compulsive and passive aggressive.…
Thursday, 23 October 2014 15:23

Biology is fate

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The Individual’s Personality Is The Product Of His Biology Ozodi Osuji I will begin this paper by explaining certain medical terms; I do so because they bear on the thesis of the paper that biology determines personality. CYTOCHROME OXIDASE This is an enzyme involved in cellular oxidation; it takes electrons from cytochrome and joins it to oxygen and then activates the uniting of oxygen and hydrogen to form water. The electron returns to the cytochrome since the enzyme does not change from its catalyzing function. In cytochrome oxidase deficiency (COX) the enzyme is mal-functioning and as a result the individual…
Saturday, 04 October 2014 22:45

The correction of the miseducation of Africans

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When I was a child I used to observe my father and grandfather. What I saw were two men who were motivated to become very important and powerful selves. In the world they grew up in the white man was the arbiter of who had worth, so both of them did not feel like they had powerful important selves. No matter what they did they felt like their selves were not important and powerful for the white man was the important man in it. In a white folks controlled world Africans could not have powerful selves; Africans were relegated to…
I came to an office and the door is open and I walked in; there were two people in the room, one behind the desk and another facing her; I tried to get the attention of the one behind the desk, to ask a question and then leave (she was bent, apparently, reading something on the desk); she looked up and said; don’t you see that I am in a meeting, could you comeback. I walked out of the room furious at her. I thought to myself: who the hell does she think that she is talking to me in…
Sunday, 14 September 2014 14:53

How to find happiness in an unhappy world

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Upon birth in the human body I felt very uncomfortable in body. My body was problematic due to its inherited disorders (cytochrome c oxidase deficiency, spondilolysis and mitral valve prolapse). I experienced life in body painfully and since I desired the opposite of pain, pleasure I rejected my body; by age six when I began schooling I was aware that I had rejected my body and desired an alternative better body. I used my mind and imagination to invent a different and better body (and by generalization I desired a better material world). I invented a different and better self,…
Reality is difficult for me/us to accept; I/we would rather that reality were to our liking, is what we want it to be. The truth is that reality is what it is and we either accept it or we deceive ourselves. What is reality? For our present purpose, reality is that the individual is exactly where he is supposed to be and doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing right now; he may be elsewhere tomorrow and doing something else and that is what he is supposed to be doing and be, tomorrow. There are no accidents in…
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:44

Imaginations, dreams and reality

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In June, 2014, I moved into a new apartment. At night there is weird, spooky and eerie sound that seems to emanate from the wall closest to the window in my bedroom and progresses to other parts of the apartment. It seems mysterious. What is causing the sound? I don’t know but want to know. I asked my girlfriend who was living with me what she thought about the sound (she too hears it) and she said that ghosts are walking in the apartment. I inquired about who lived in the apartment before I moved in and found out that…
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 01:46

Be who you are and you are okay

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Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals have grand theories regarding the etiology of mental disorder. The cause of all mental disorders, be they psychoses, neuroses, personality disorders is as simple as this: the desire to be a better self. In childhood, the child sees his real self as not good enough, as not able to adapt to the exigencies of his physical and social world and wishes for a better self that could cope with that world that confronts him. That wished for better self in time morphs to desire for a superior self, a desire to be the…
Friday, 22 August 2014 04:00

Africans need psychotherapy

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Africans are always talking politics; if you listened to them talk politics you would think that they would govern their countries appropriately. To the contrary, all of black Africa is misgoverned. Bluntly put, at present Africans cannot govern their people correctly. This is largely due to the fact that most Africans live unexamined lives (which really are life not worth living). Clearly, to be able to properly govern their countries, Africans must have clearer understanding of their personalities and self-concepts. If they had the resources they ought to undergo psychotherapy. But the fact is that they do not have such…
Friday, 22 August 2014 03:58

What part of our minds produces our dreams?

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One thing is clear to me: I do not consciously produce my nightly dreams. A part of my mind that I am not conscious of apparently takes the events in my day life to produce my dreams. Consider: Recently, I moved into an apartment. In the night the apartment feels like someone is walking inside it; it usually begins on one side of my bed and proceed to the other side and then unto the bathroom and to the kitchen. This happens regularly at different times of the night so I suspected that there is something about the building to…
A popular cliché says that one should not malign the dead. In that light one should not say any bad thing about the death of Robin Williams. Be that as it may, as it became clear how the man died...by hanging, tying his neck between a door knob and closet knob and pulling...I ask myself what would make a man do such a dreadful thing to himself. I can think of many ways to kill one’s self that is not gruesome. For example, one could go buy a tablet of cyanide, lie on one’s bed, take it and in a…