Psychology

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…
Personality is the individual’s habitual pattern of behaving, of responding to stimuli from his social and physical environment. This paper says that the human body plays a decisive role in the origin of the human personality. The paper wants us to help each person to understand his personality and work on changing what can be changed in it and living with what cannot be changed. The Human Body Determines The Human Personality Ozodi Osuji Human beings are like other animals and plants in physical makeup. Human bodies are composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen and traces of sodium, magnesium,…
Personality is the individual’s habitual pattern of relating to other people and to the world in general. The key word here is pattern. Each human being has a pattern, a particular way he or she relates to those around him and to the world in general. It is generally assumed that personality is not the real individual. Why? Something else in the individual formed his personality and we do not know what that something is. Carl Jung tells us that that something else is spirit. At any rate, the word personality is derived from the word persona, mask. Mask presumes…
Friday, 13 December 2013 16:55

New Existential Psychotherapy

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Abstract: This paper points out that whereas biology and society play roles in the genesis of mental health issues the nature of existence itself is probably the key determiner of mental health or lack of it. It says that existence presents human beings with the sad information that they are not special and are essentially nothing; it says that how an individual deals with this assault on his self-esteem is critical to his mental health; it says that human beings would like to see themselves as having worth and see their lives as meaningful and purposeful so in the presence…
Abstract: Occasionally, I have a compulsion to try to understand my father. Actually, what is going on is that I want to understand myself and understand human beings in general. I have done it again! I hope that this paper helps you to understand your habitual pattern of responding to stimuli emanating from your environment, especially your specific manner of behaving towards other people. I am a believer that whereas not everyone needs to be a psychologist that all people ought to try to understand their personalities, their social masks and speculate on who is behind their masks of personality,…
Abstract: The universal perception of Igbos is that they are hardworking, industrious and ambitious. Of all the African tribes they are the most likely to be seen everywhere struggling to make it. The Igbo wants to become somebody important. As he is he feels that he is not important and struggles to become somebody important. However, in pursuit of his desired social importance some Igbos fancy themselves superior to other persons and look down on them. Indeed, such Igbos are likely to insult people, telling them how they are not achieving anything significant whereas they, Igbos, are achieving a lot.…
While in graduate school (University of California) I became aware of Chinua Achebe’s claim that Olauda Equiano (1745-1797) was an Igbo. A black American visiting professor had given me Olauda Equiano’s book, “The Interesting Narrative of Gustavus Vassa the African” (1789) and I read it and through our subsequent conversations learned that Achebe claimed that Olauda was Igbo. In the book, Olauda said that his people spoke “Eboe”; he talked about how a people who spoke a dialect of his Eboe language that he had difficulty understanding kidnapped him and his sister when he was ten years old and marched…
Saturday, 21 September 2013 09:04

In Search of Knowledge of the Self

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In Search Of Knowledge of the Self A psycho-spiritual approach to understanding the self Ozodi Osuji, PhD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (907) 440-4317 Abstract: The business of philosophy, or should we say psychology, is to enable the individual human being to try to understand who he is. To do so he must be scrupulously honest in examining his self. What most people do is tell the world about their positive attributes. That is why reading memoirs and biographies are not always the best way to learn about people. Reading what psychologists and psychiatrists say about people is also not always the best way…
Considering that the entire talk one has provided Igbos on their paranoia none of them has healed his paranoia it is necessary to talk about why paranoia is not easily healed. Paranoia, among other things, makes the person feel superior to other people. That sense of false superiority is a mask over the person’s underlying sense of inferiority. Given the purpose it serves for the individual, make him feel superior he finds it difficult to give up his paranoia. Instead, he tries to persuade you that he is the healthy one and you are the unhealthy one! NO ONE HAS…
Monday, 26 August 2013 03:42

Paranoia Has A Spiritual Dimension‏

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Understandably scientific psychology limits itself to studies that can be objectively verified in the empirical world and eschews anything that smacks of religion and metaphysics for those are not amenable to observation and verification. In religion we are told to accept what a few persons claim to be spiritual truths. What an individual claims to be the spiritual truth is irrelevant unless all of us can verify it. The scientific method is the best way to approach phenomena. Be that as it may, there is a spiritual dimension to human beings. In this essay I point out that in addition…
Thursday, 01 August 2013 02:08

Only Mind Exists

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This paper says that in reality only mind exists; it says that mind is synonymous with consciousness. It says that there are two types of consciousness: unified consciousness and separated consciousness. Unified consciousness is the same as universal mind and is everywhere. In it are units of mind. Each of us is a unit of mind. When units of mind choose to separate from universal mind they form separated consciousness, the type of mind we have on earth. All that happens in the universe of space, time and matter are happening in a dream setting inside universe mind. Dreams are…
This paper says that Jesus was crucified and died and his body was laid in a tomb; it says that Jesus took on a light body to show to his disciplines that the death of body is not the end of people. His physical body, like the physical bodies of all of us decayed in the tomb although its decay was quickened and took place instantly rather than the usual lengthy time our bodies take to decay and thus when his disciples came to the tomb they found it empty. Did Jesus Christ Physically Resurrect From Death? Ozodi Osuji Human…
This paper says that a hidden variable in the etiology of addictive behaviors is people’s perception of living in bodies as meaningless, purposeless and pointless. It says that when people sense the absurdity of their existence on earth, creatures that are as intelligent as the supposed gods are and yet are animals that die and decay, they despair and wonder whether there is meaning to their lives. In despair they turn to drugs to enable them steal some pleasure but, alas, drugs are addictive and they become hooked to them. Spirituality probably gives people meaning and act as antidote to…
Friday, 19 July 2013 10:33

Psychotherapy, East And West

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Human beings have an empirical side as well as an unknown side that mysticism and religion seems to address and science is unable to address. Finding a way to make the separated ego self socially functional is the Western approach to psychotherapy whereas the East believes that having a separated ego self at all is the cause of psychological suffering and calls for no ego self and return to real self, which it defines as unified self. The paper says that both approaches to healing the human mind are useful and that one cannot replace the other since one is…
Saturday, 25 May 2013 00:57

The Self Concept (Ego) And Its Maker

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Abstract: This essay says that there is something in each of us that takes our biological and social experience and conceptualize a self-concept and self-image for each of us. Subsequent to the construction of the self-concept the individual thinks that it is who he is and defends it as if his life depends on it. He sees the world from the self-concept he made. The self-concept is a mental construct and is not real; it is a wished for self. What seems real is the conceptualizer in us. That real self has been called many names, including soul, part of…
Monday, 06 May 2013 02:06

Magnificent Obsession

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Achievements that go beyond the ordinary are often driven by magnificent obsession, a preoccupation with a subject that one’s mind won’t let go. When a person is in the grip of a magnificent obsession he either achieves something great or he wastes his time. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis diagnosed his self as having obsessive compulsive personality disorder; his mind wanted to understand why human beings did what they did. That was a magnificent obsession that led to the formation of a new discipline. Emil Kraepline began psychiatry and Ivan Pavlov and John Watson began Behavioristic Psychology; both also…
Thursday, 14 March 2013 18:53

What Is The Origin Of Human Beings?

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This paper reviewed some hypotheses on the origin of life on planet earth and the origin of the universe itself. It then posited a hypothesis that the universe is an information system. The universe is a place of mutually interacting information and some of that information is in light, electrons, neutrons, protons, quarks, the human body, animals’ bodies, plants, rocks, planets, stars, galaxies and the entire universe. A universe of information, among other things, produced biological life forms which are part of the universal information system. What Is The Origin Of Human Beings? Ozodi Osuji Introduction: I have just read…