Psychology

Why is it difficult to cure mental disorders? It is largely because mental health categories are based on adult reasoning whereas mental disorder was formed before the child had developed his reasoning faculty to its fullest. Since the child's pattern of thinking and behaving is set in child and he believes that it enables him to survive he is leery of changing it, even if the pattern is now not healthy. A human child is born; he lives in a specific body. That body interacts with its environment and feels in a certain manner. All children feel weak but some…
Friday, 26 June 2015 15:34

Still trying to heal igbo paranoia

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In everything we write or do the state of our minds are revealed. Consider the below exchange. I had seen the picture of a Nigerian politician; he used to look athletic but is now bloated; he looked like a pregnant woman. There is evidence that fat folks tend to have cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke and some die from them. The only way to avoid such diseases is to eat reasonably well and exercise regularly (genetic factors held constant). Every human being, given his height and size has ideal healthy weight. Based on my concern for the…
It is easy to talk in generalized terms about human beings tendency to escape to fantasy, religious and or psychotic. To make the phenomenon concrete I will build on my experience and talk about why people seek refuge in irrational philosophies. My consciousness is preoccupied with my bodily issues, especially after eating food. I am constantly thinking about how to improve my body, and make it less bothersome (I inherited a disorder of the mitochondria, cytochrome c oxidase deficiency; it causes me no end of physical issues). This preoccupation with bodily issues prevents my mind from becoming totally focused on…
(Still on the Dr. Ariyo affair) In the past, I went over the subject of paranoia, narcissism and antisocial behavior in Igbos. Apparently, folks have not listened. Let me take the opportunity of the Dr. Ariyo affair to restate what I said elsewhere. If you are an Igbo and you are inclined to argue with me may I suggest that you do this. Look in the phone book; see a clinical psychologist and book an appointment with him to perform psychological test battery on you (in the USA it would cost you about one thousand dollars for the tests). These…
Thursday, 18 June 2015 07:44

The Path to living peacefully

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Every behavior one engages in has a goal. One asks: what is the purpose of this behavior? In that light, one asks why are Igbos demonstrating in front of Dr. Ariyo's medical clinic in Dallas, Texas. If Igbos feel that he is, as they say, out to kill Igbos and as a medical doctor the only way he can accomplish that objective is for him to have Igbo patients, then Igbos stay away from his medical practice. I doubt that Igbos go to his office for medical help. Igbos probably go to other medical doctors for help. Therefore, the demonstration…
Thursday, 11 June 2015 16:38

There are no accidents in peoples behaviors

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Given the configuration of the child's inherited biological constitution and his early social experiences he must behave in a certain pattern and develop a certain personality (self-concept). Everything the person does is congruent with his biological and psychological nature; there are no accidents in what he does. Given my pained body I had to develop a personality that seeks avoidance from pain; I had to anticipate what could cause my body pain and avoid it. Thus, I tend to evaluate situations in advance to make sure that they do not cause me pain and if I anticipate that they would…
All human beings have biological, medical and social issues. Cumulatively, those issues make the human child to conclude that there is something the matter with his body and he rejects it. Having decided that his body is not good enough and rejected it the human child uses pure ideation, mentation, cognition to invent the type of person he wants to become; he posits an imaginary ideal, powerful self that he wants to become. The ideal self is a mental self and is not an actual self. If you want to fully understand what I am talking about then read books…
Look at your body and other people's bodies. What do you see? You see a body that is like the bodies of other animals. The human body is the same as the body of dogs and mosquitos. Like other animals bodies the human body needs food to sustain it and defecates and eventually dies and rots. There is simply nothing physical to make the human being seem different from animals and trees. If one looked at the human body alone one is tempted to treat people as one treats animals and trees: without awe and respect. On the other hand,…
We are all actors playing the parts called for by our personalities; our personalities are roles we undertake to act out. Who we are, the selves enacting out our personalities, we really do not know. Who is the actor playing the role of the human personality? Is it spirit, and if so, what is spirit? SOCIETY IS A PLAY IN WHICH EACH OF US UNDERTAKES TO PLAY A PART Existence and society seems a play, a drama written by all of us, and each of us undertakes to play a role, a part in it; the play seems so real…
Friday, 15 May 2015 13:59

Beliefs shape one's life's outcomes

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I have heard it said that beliefs shape ones thinking and behaviors. However, I did not take that view seriously. Recently, I discovered that there are too many negative beliefs in my mind and that those influence my thinking and behaviors and in fact my life's outcomes. I realized that for my life to be different I have to examine my mind and surgically remove those negative beliefs that are influencing it. I have to posit positive beliefs, believe them and they would henceforth shape my thinking, behavior and life's outcomes. All these began when I moved into an apartment…
Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:22

What is a healed paranoid person like?

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I have, at length, written about deluded and paranoid persons and their need to be healed. It makes sense to ask: what is a healed deluded person like, and how does he live? This is a good question and deserves answer. Let me attempt an answer. Since a deluded person feels inadequate and inferior and puts on a mask of power and superiority if he is healed he has removed that mask and sees his self as not powerful and superior to anybody. If he removes the mask of superiority then he confronts the weak self that led him to…
Sunday, 10 May 2015 14:29

Are you living from your real self?

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Living from the Real-Self Institute, LRS 4325 Laurel Street, Suite 101 A Anchorage, Alaska 99508 www.livingfromtherealself.org (907) 538-1086 WHAT LIVING FROM THE REAL SELF INSTITUTE DOES In childhood each of us, building on his inherited body and social experiences, forms a personality; invariably, that personality has some issues; now, what matters is to improve that personality so that the individual lives fully, optimizing his potential aptitudes and talents and making the most of his life. From age one to twelve the human child forms a personality for his self. Some are lucky and form more adaptive personalities; others are unfortunate…
My observation is that in general white folks do better in the physical sciences and mathematics than Africans (black folks). I have forever tried to understand why this is the case. As usual, when a subject seems a conundrum I personalize it and see how I respond to it. Thus, I asked how come white folks do better than I, a black person in the physical sciences. The answer is that I am focused primarily on spiritual matters and only pay tangential attention to scientific matters. I am motivated to transcend my body and the space and time that body…
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…