Psychology

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 05:15

The profile of the physical scientist

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They say that if wishes were horses' beggars would ride them. If mere wish alone could do it I would have been a physical scientist. I love physics and physicists. I love physicists because their profession is the most objective profession there is. They study physical phenomenon and write about it in such a manner that anyone who wishes, following the scientific method, can verify their conclusions. There are no rooms for mere opinions in physics. Of course physicists have opinions. They begin with opinions about something, consider their opinions hypotheses and study them to see if, in fact, their…
Dr. Witt: You probably know that immigrants tend to be highly motivated people. It is not the average person who uproots and leaves his home country and goes to make it in a different country. Some sociologists speculate that immigrants tend to have pull or push mentality: something pushes them away from their home, may be, ambition; or pulls them to the new land, such as attraction of the new Land; for example, America's razzmatazz has a lot of attraction to people world-wide. Whatever is the motivation behind emigration such persons tend to desire to succeed. In the context of…
Saturday, 02 May 2015 23:23

On immigrant mental health issues

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Dr. Kara Witt: Thank you for your letter. I do not know which of my articles that you read; therefore, I do not know exactly what you read. However, let me say this about immigrants. I am an Immigrant. Building on my own experience I recognized that in America I felt loss of social status. In my Nigerian world I felt like I mattered to society. But in America, especially as a black man it quickly dawned on me that I am considered a social nobody. This loss of social status obviously is not appreciated by me. Therefore, I observed…
The lesson that I learned from interacting with Nigerians, especially Igbos in the last ten years is that people are individually and collectively at different levels of psychological and spiritual evolution. Some are more evolved than others and there is nothing that you can do about it in this life time. If you are a rational leader of men you use people as they are to accomplish goals you deem good for them and not worry about who they are individually or whether they are good or bad persons. I talked about Igbos for ten years and yet most of…
I have observed that in the main you either agree with what the generality of Igbos believe is in their best interests, and accept their positions on social issues or they feel persecuted by you. If you disagree with these folks they perceive you as a persecutor and go to work attacking you. Generally, what they see as in their best interest is silly; they lack adult judgment and say the most idiot things and if you put on your adult hat and see through their nonsense and disagree with it and say it out loud you immediately become their…
Essays on self-understanding. Ozodi Osuji I felt total body weakness and thus desired a strong body and a powerful self (magical self). I forever desire a powerful and important self; sometimes I pretend to be an important self; in childhood I used to fib, tell lies about how important I am. To act important and big is to be neurotic; it is to live in psychological pain; one must be who one is to be psychologically pain free; if one is weak one must accept it and not pretend to be strong and powerful. To pretend importance, as neurotics do…
My mind is very imaginative; it imagines all kinds of things and scenarios. I believe that the worlds we see in our dreams while we sleep at night are the product of our individual mind's imaginations. I believe that my entire life on earth is the product of my imagination; my mind imagines things and has it happen to me. I imagine all sorts of things happening to me and they happen to me. That is to say that I have powerful imagination, so does all other people; it is our imaginations that brought this world into being; minds that…
This is the first rough draft of this paper; it obviously needs redrafting. In the meantime, think about what it says. If you understand what it says and live it you are on your way to transforming your life and our world. Training To Overcome The Fear That Binds Africans To Oppressive Rulers Ozodi Osuji Fear is found in animal biological organisms. Fear motivates animals, human beings included to do what they have to do when they perceive their lives threatened to survive. Perform this experiment. Go into a dark room that has cockroaches in it. Turn on the light.…
Saturday, 11 April 2015 22:11

Is your mother, wife or daughter depressed?

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One out of every four white American women is depressed. I am assuming that the equivalent number of African women is depressed? However, African women tend to mask their depression by taking care of their children and generally keeping themselves busy with work. One ought to find out if ones mother, wife or daughter is depressed and if so seek appropriate medical and psychological intervention. Africans tend to ignore these things and should not be doing so. Depression is characterized by lack of interest in life, a belief that life is pointless, meaningless and purposeless. The depressed person has no…
After hearing that Mohammadu Buhari has won the presidential election in Nigeria I went to my computer and right away typed an open letter to him. In the letter, I reminded him why we elected him, to do what his predecessor did not do. In the end I said that since a good man has come to office that all Nigerians must be willing to come on board and help him with the process of transforming Nigeria, solving the problems that previous administrations did not solve. I posted the mail at a Nigerian Internet forum and did not give it…
Sunday, 05 April 2015 23:00

The cause and cure of delusion disorder

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Every human being is perceptual; he sees the nature of reality. He knows that he is born and will age, sicken and die. When he dies his body would rot and smell to high heaven and is eventually eaten by worms. The body he had enslaved his life working to earn a living for would die and rot. This reality makes him feel that he is not important. The reality of death and other factors make human beings feel existentially like they have no value and worth. Naturally, human beings do not like the fact that they have no existential…
Please perform this little experiment. The next time you go to one of those Nigerian meetings try to get there early. Place a small amount of money, say, ten dollars, in a wallet (you can buy a cheap wallet at Walmart) and leave the wallet on a table. Stay away from the wallet and watch Nigerians as they enter the room. The chances are that 90% or more of Nigerians, if they think that nobody is watching them, would take the wallet. May be, ten percent, that is, one out of ten Nigerians would ask if someone left the wallet…
As I look back at my father’s life all I can say is that he did his best under the circumstances he found his self. In childhood the man had physical (medical) issues; those issues made life painful for him and as a result he rejected his body and posited an idealized, perfect and powerful self. From about age five onwards he embarked on trying to become the wished for but imaginary ideal self. ((Karen Horney (1950). Neurosis and Human Growth. New York: W. W. Norton, 1950)). He invented idealized standards for the ideal self and used them to judge…
Saturday, 14 March 2015 15:41

Are you always looking for a job?

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(Lack of commitment to a given profession) Ozodi Osuji Recently, it dawned on me that I had not fully committed to any vocation, profession or career. Even when I was at the top of a field as the director of mental health agencies I was still looking for other types of jobs. The reason I was always looking for jobs is that I had not fully committed to a particular profession and staked my life on it. I was, as it were, vacillating, fence sitting and wishy-washy. As Goethe said, when a person commits to doing something he finds right…
I have a need to explain why things happen to me as they do; I either take blame for the things that happen to me and feel depressed or blame other people and feel paranoid. By the way, I am also talking about you, the reader; if you blame yourself for your issues you run the risk of becoming depressed and if you blame other people for your problems you run the risk of becoming paranoid. I use me as an example to make my essays concrete and less abstract and hypothetical. Lately, I have been asking: is there an…
Thursday, 12 March 2015 18:11

Mental Health and other matters

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The normal person is at home in his body and this world. He sees his or her body as good; he employs such adjectives as beautiful, handsome and gorgeous in referring to his or her body. That is to say that he accepts his body and is comfortable with it. The neurotic person, on the other hand, is not comfortable in his body. He sees his body as not good enough and rejects it. Having rejected the real he uses his imagination, thinking to construct an ideal body and self. He posits an ideal, perfect body and self. Thereafter, he…
If you are teaching people to live from their real selves you must have clarity on what the real self is. The real self is not the neurotic self, it is not the pursuit of idealized self that gives folks anxiety, anger, depression, paranoia, mania and other mental disorders; one must completely give up the pursuit of the ideal, perfect self. The real self is part of formless unified spirit self, aka God. In its true state it is perfect love and loves all people. Whereas the real self ultimately is spirit, in the here and now world the real…
Saturday, 28 February 2015 05:18

Live the changed character you are asking for

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I have studied myself for many years. I now know that in childhood, due to my problematic body I rejected my body and real self and posited an ideal self and try to attain that imaginary ideal self. In psychoanalytic terms, I developed a neurotic life style (see Alfred Adler and Karen Horney’s psychoanalysis). Biological factors played a role in my positing the ideal self; I had biological issues that made me see my body as not good enough hence reject it and wish for a better body and self. Social factors also played a role in the rejection of…
Friday, 27 February 2015 05:26

For your own good do not put any one down!

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Why would you want to make another human being feel bad about his self, to have low self-esteem? Just think about it. To live people must value their selves; one must value one’s self to work to earn food, clothes and shelter for one’s survival. If one does not value one’s self why would one work to obtain the means for one’s survival? The condition of living is such that no one can survive without working for his daily bread and to do so one must like one’s self. If one hates one’s self why would one work to support…
If you have psychological skills you quickly pick up people’s personality and behavior styles. If you pay a bit more attention to them you observe whether they have personality disorders (many persons do) and or mental disorders (very few persons do). If you notice the pattern of their behaviors and can see how problematic they are you are tempted to tell them about them. If you do you have just lost their company. If they were friends they would be friends no more; if they were acquaintances they would not care to relate to you anymore; if they are family…
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…