Psychology

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 19:19

On Robin Williams, depression and suicide

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Jerome: You wanted to hear what I thought is the cause of rich folks killing their selves, as exhibited by Robin Williams’ alleged suicide. I had not read material on why the rich commit suicide, nor have I heard that the rich commit suicide at a higher rate than the poor. Until I see evidence that the rich commit suicide more than ordinary people I will keep quiet on that subject. That been said, we know a few things about suicide. Suicide tends to occur more often in depressed persons. As I pointed out in my several writings on depression,…
From history we learned that there was an Arabic gentleman called Mohammad (570-632 AD) who started Islam in 610 AD and that by the time he died in 632 his religion and its followers had captured all of Arabia and a hundred years after his death his followers had taken all of the Middle East, North Africa, Spain and, indeed, parts of France before the Franks and their leader, the hammer of God, Charles Martel stopped them at Tours in 733 AD; we also learned that they reached the edges of China. In sum, we learned that Muslim Arabs established…
If you are on planet earth you have an ego self, a sense of being a separated self, separated from the whole self (also called God) and separated from other people. If you did not have an ego separated self you would not be on earth. Indeed, we can say that the earth is designed for those who want to experience separated self. Human beings live in bodies; their bodies give them a sense of boundaries, of being separated from other persons housed in different bodies. Everything on earth, such as the presence of space, time and matter is designed…
As a young person I had intense desire to understand who I am; that desire to know myself took me to the study of biology, philosophy, comparative religions and psychology. Having exhausted what those subjects had to teach me about me (see my papers on the biological determinants of behavior), I focused on folks from the same ethnic group as I am, Igbos. My feeling was that if I understand them I would understand me, for I was socialized to their ethnic culture. This raises the question of whether each ethnic group has a personality, that is, ascertainable habitual patterns…
Psychology as a formal field of study made its debut a little over a hundred years ago. Like everything new under the sun, people looked to psychology with much hope. People had much expectation from it; they wanted it to enable them not only understand human beings but to make them perfect. Alas, like everything else psychology has its shortcomings. As ever, human beings remain a mystery to themselves and no field of study really has understood them; indeed, it seems that no human effort would ever understand who human beings are? Who exactly are we, where did we come…
What is called psychology, the stuff taught at American and European universities is nothing more than Western perspective on human beings. It is not the science of human beings, as its purveyors present it to be. The East has its own perspective on human beings; that, too, is particularistic, is rooted in the East and is by no means a universal science of human beings. It follows that we are yet to figure out a science of who human beings are. If one rejects Western psychology or more accurately take from it what seems objective and take from the East…
This paper briefly explicated the respective philosophies and psychologies of the Western and Eastern worlds. It says that those philosophies underlie what Europeans and Asians do; it further states that whereas human beings would like to think that their thinking and behaviors are independent of their cultural frame of references that, in fact, those shape everything they do. The paper explores a way to combine East and West and other approaches to phenomena to come up with a universal philosophy and psychology that serves all human beings regardless of where they come from. Psychotherapy: East And West, And Universal Ozodi…
One of my hobbies is subjecting me to dispassionate and objective self-analysis. I try to understand me and why I do what I do. This essay explicates my pursuit of perfection, shows its origin and shortcomings. Who are you, do you know? It is a good idea to take some time off and try to examine your actions and come to grips with why you do what you do; try to understand who you are and change what you can change and live with what you cannot change. The world is in a mess largely because many persons are really…
Spiritual science studies spiritual matters as we study matter without the need for belief in what is not proved as true. Spiritual matters are generally clouded in faith, belief, fear of God, fear of God punishing us if we ask questions, and magical thinking. All these fears are manmade and were done out of ignorance of what God is. What we must now do is subject the idea of God to pure reason, study it objectively and accept whatever we can prove as true and discard what is not true. All we need do is state and live the truth…
In personality structure I am avoidant. That means that I avoid people and keep to myself while wishing that I was with people. From early childhood I felt that as I am is not good enough and that if people came close enough to me that they would see that I am no good and reject me. I do not want people to reject me. To avoid people rejecting me I avoid being close to people. I avoid people and keep to myself. Even when I am with people I do so from emotional distance. I play roles with people;…
Observe human behavior; is there any part of it that is not designed to do that which provides for the welfare of the human body? Food, medications, clothes, shelter, transportation and everything we do practically is meant to provide for the welfare of our bodies. We enslave ourselves to doing meaningless jobs to obtain money to provide for our bodies' needs, and the needs of our offspring's bodies. FOOD AND SEX We enjoy our food; we enjoy sex. What are those? Food is part of body; sex is part of body. We literally live to provide for body and enjoy…
Saturday, 29 March 2014 17:03

Can there be a spiritual science?

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Can there be a spiritual science where we employ the scientific method to verify the existence of spirit? The scientific method is a methodological approach to phenomena that probably began with Galileo around 1610 AD and written on by such philosophers as Karl Popper (Conjectures and refutations, the logic of scientific inquiry). It is a way of living that says that only what we can observe with our eyes and verify as there is there, and if possible experimented on in laboratories to make sure that what we observed can be replicated. It posits hypotheses about phenomena and only accepts…
Saturday, 22 March 2014 20:32

Why it is difficult to let go of idealism

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The idealist believes that the wish for idealistic goals is good for him and for all people and therefore pursues them in an obsessive compulsive manner. He does not seem aware that the desire for people to become what they are not: perfect, makes them miserable. He must therefore learn that the pursuit of idealism makes people miserable and, as such, must desist from doing so and accept people as they are, imperfect. WHY IT IS DIFFICULT TO LET GO OF IDEALISTIC EGO Ozodi Osuji Are you an idealist? And what does that mean to you? I am an idealist;…
We are not victims unto whom what we do not want to experience happen; whatever we are currently experiencing is what we want to experience; what we asked for and got. Nothing can happen to a son of God that he did not ask for. If it were possible for what one does not want to experience to happen to one science is correct in asserting that chance, accidents and randomness determines what happens to us; there is no God if accidents can happen to us. If there is God and he is just only what we ask for can…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:11

I change my mind on homosexuals

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Homosexuality is one of those practices that my mind could not understand. When I first encountered it, in a New York City train station, I was repulsed by what I saw. I had gone to use the bathroom and saw a man sticking his penis into another man’s anus. Thereafter, I believed that homosexuality is an illness. On the other hand, the homosexuals I see in real life do not seem any different from what folks call normal people. They are just like normal persons. Some of them have personality disorders and a few have mental disorders, but probably not…
Sunday, 16 March 2014 22:40

God and the story of M

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When we assert our egos separation from people we live in anxiety. Consider my ex friend, M As an atheist she denied her spirit nature and believes that she is only body hence tries to unify with other people through her body (she sees other people as only bodies). She is full of grievances and does not forgive any one she thinks wronged her. That makes her feel even more anxious and fearful that those she holds grudges against may harm her. Feeling threatened by people she has a strong need to run to some people who would accept her…
This morning it dawned on me that whenever I have been angry in my life I had perceived other people doing something that I felt belittled me. I had noticed been treated disrespectfully and reacted with anger. In anger I tried to let the other persons see that I am a big and important self that no one dared treat as if I am nobody. I have even boasted of being very important when treated very shabbily. It occurred to me that if I did not desire a big and important self that whatever it is other folks talked about…
Human beings are those creatures that seek meaning and purpose in their lives. To really see life as meaningful and purposeful it seems inevitable to juxtapose the idea of God. Science tends to induce depression in people for it teaches that everything came from accidents, randomness and chance. Science teaches that we came from the Big bang and would end in nothingness. That is not exactly uplifting. If all we are is body it makes sense for people to enjoy their bodies in every which way they can, through good food, sex, (all kinds of it, heterosexual, homosexual, with animals…
This essay points out that there seem implicit contract between white and black folks so that whenever they interact white folks try to humiliate black folks by discriminating against them. It says that whatever is the origin of his bizarre situation that the insulted tend to feel angry and seek revenge. Whereas in the present black folks do not readily have the means to wreak havoc on the white race, time is coming when that would be possible. If white folks continue on the pattern of degrading black folks, there is no doubt that there would be a race war…
I know better than to wade into this homosexual debate going on at Nigerian Internet forums. However, let me say this. I think that the reason why the plurality of White folks, men and women now support homosexuality is because if homosexuality is legalized it offers them the opportunity to do the things they, too, would like to do with their heterosexual spouses and not feel bad about it. I know white folks who fuck their wives anus and have their wives suck on their cocks. Most people probably would like to do the same but are prevented from doing…
We now live in the age where folks believe that any kind of sex is fine. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sex are now accepted as fine. Whatever you feel like doing sex-wise, Western culture seems to tell you to go ahead and do it. No one has the right to tell you what constitutes appropriate sexuality. In the past, religious people having posited a God claimed that that God prohibited all kinds of sexual activities. They told people that God told them to do this and not to do that. They laid down so many injunctions against sex that…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:55

A Course In Miracles Message For Me And You

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In summary form, A course in miracles teaches that the empirical world we see with our physical eyes is not real, that it does not exist and has not existed for a second. It says that the world is a dream in our minds. We are the sons of God who wished to separate from God and from one another and could not do so in heaven and, as it were, closed our spiritual eyes and went to sleep and in our sleep dream the world of separation, space, time and matter we now seem to live in. The external…
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

Body Does Not Determine Personality, Mind Does

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Body does not determine personality; however, there is a mental trick we play on ourselves to make it seem like body determines our personalities. Contemporary science propagates the idea that body determines mind, epiphenomenalism. The philosophy of materialism has a not too hidden message it teaches human beings: if body determines mind then there can be no God, for, by definition, God is spirit so if matter determines that which is spirit in us, our thinking God is now superfluous. As Fyodor Dostoevsky observed in his book, Brothers Karamazov, if there is no God there is no absolute right and…
What exactly is a course in miracles teaching? It is teaching that our real nature is love. We attacked love (which is union); we seem to have shattered it and separated from it. Each fragment of love now houses itself in body and lives on a place called planet earth. Love is eternal and cannot be attacked; love is the state of union and we cannot separate from love/union although we can believe that we have done so. Our world came into being from our mutual attack to separate from each other. We now seem to live in a world…
The terms salvation, redemption, deliverance, healing are used interchangeably by Christians. What exactly do they mean? They mean giving up the false, separated self-one made to replace the unified spirit self that God created one as. God created us as extensions of his one self and since he is formless spirit our real self is formless spirit self. We wished to separate from God to go recreate ourselves into separated, special selves. We seem to have separated from the unified spirit self that God created us as and invented selves in forms, in bodies and call them ourselves. When we…