Psychology

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…
Sunday, 10 March 2013 20:26

The Idealistic Personality

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This paper delineates the psychological structure and behavior pattern of the idealistic personality. This is a person who in childhood, due to the exigencies of his inherited biological issues, used his mind to invent an idealized self; a self he believes is an ideal alternative to his problematic body and experiences obsessive-compulsive desire to become that ideal self. In every situation he finds himself in he seeks what is ideal and tries to live up to the ideal. He does this as if he is a slave to the ideal self-construct and in the processes loses the ability to seek…
Abstract: This paper points out that there is a part of us, spirit that chose to live in body and chooses what we experience while in body. It says that we are not victims of nature and other persons, as science tells us that we are. It says that we choose what happens to us to experience so as to make us seem separated from each other and from the whole, aka God. Because we chose separation we can also choose to return to the awareness of union. We are always in unified state while dreaming that we are separated…
This paper says that looking at the empirical world, matter, space and time seem to determine what the individual thinks and does. On the other hand, there are suggestive evidence that mind exists apart from the human body. The paper says that this leaves us with two approaches to psychology, scientific psychology that studies how body affects mind and spiritual psychology that shows how mind affects body. It says that the two approaches do not mix, for their parameters are different. The paper concludes that to help people we have to employ both scientific and spiritual psychotherapies. Scientific And Spiritual…
Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:10

Love The Ego Then Improve It

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This paper points out that everywhere human beings, in trying to improve themselves, abuse themselves. They see their ego selves (the self in bodies) as bad and want to be selves that they think are better. Perfect, ideal selves can only exist outside bodies, for bodies set limits on how perfect the human self can become. The paper says that people must learn to treat their egos with respect and not always malign them. All the alignment of this world would not change the ego and make people better selves. As long as people live in bodies they are egos…
Friday, 12 October 2012 10:23

Black Holes, Nothingness And Humanity

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This essay extrapolates from the physics of star death to speculate on what it means to be human being. It suggests that existentialists' tendency to see people as nothing more than matter may not be all there are to people, that people may, in fact, be something more than the eyes see. Black Holes, Nothingness And Humanity Ozodi Thomas Osuji The current hypothesis is that when medium sized stars, such as our sun, exhaust their hydrogen fuel they begin to fuse elements beyond helium until they get to iron and thereafter throw off their outer parts and their core implodes…
This essay points out the social utility of human tendency to guilt feeling. Those who feel guilt from anticipating harming other people are likely not to harm people. Therefore, it is useful if people feel guilty. On the other hand, the human tendency to guilt feeling is exploited by the amoral rulers of this world; they use it to control the people. Balancing guilt feeling and no guilt feeling would seem to be the right thing to do? Ego Surivival And Social Control Of Guilt Feelers Ozodi Thomas Osuji To feel guilty, sinful and remorseful one must feel as if…
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 19:47

Scientific Spirituality and Spiritual Psychotherapy

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Absence of love is the cause of all mental disorders; Presence of love is the cure for all mental disorders; Separation from union, love is the cause of all mental disorders; Return to union, love is the cure for all mental disorders; Love returns us to union; love heals all mental disorders; All healers are lovers. Center for Scientific Spirituality, CSS Anchorage, Alaska (907) 440-4317 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This paper says that we must do in the world of spirituality and religion what we do in the world of the physical sciences; that is, use the scientific method to examine what those…
This essay points out that fear alerts animals, human beings included to possible danger to their lives and force them to do what protects their lives in bodies. Without fear people will not survive the dangers that exist everywhere in their environment. If people were not fearful they would not be able to take actions to protect themselves and would die out. If people exist without fear it has to be in a different form, perhaps in a non-material form. Religions say that at root people are formless spirit; perhaps, in that mode of existence people would not have fear.…
(Who is responsible for the killing of folks by James Eagen Holmes?) The Dangers Of Reducing All Human Behavior To Biological Causation Ozodi Osuji, PhD It is reported that James Eagen Holmes, the graduate student who murdered twelve people and wounded over 59 others at an Aurora, Colorado Movie theater was studying neuroscience and that he recently made a presentation on the Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological disorders to a class he was taking. Psychologists and psychiatrists are perceived by their colleagues in the physical sciences as not true scientists. Because of this disrespect they are struggling mightily hard…
I am the person who exists, breathes, acts and responds when no one is watching or when there is someone in my presence who I feel cannot harm me. Whether the person is too small, too young, an outcast, or someone from whom I have taken power, how I comport myself around them is actually the real me. When I walk out of church and people have complimented my speaking or my shouting or my dance of praise and I start to hurriedly run to my car in order to avoid some poor soul who is on the busline. I…
In his Public Broadcasting Corporation PBS programming show "Faces of America," Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. normally presents the triumphs and resiliencies of our genealogical ancestors. However, another side of that same coin that is much less discussed is that of the introspective legacy of mental health disorders. The transitions from old nations to new nations are accompanied by other demanding stressors such as the need to survive, integrate, assimilate, and/or acculturate. These demands are more strident when one contextualizes the scenarios by which some of our forefathers arrived in the United States and the manmade and environmental harshness that…
http://www.lavondastaples.com/2012/06/friday-affirmation-affirming-power-of.html Do what you want. Say what you will. It won't matter because I'm coming. I will arrive. I am a force of nature. Sometimes destructive and sometimes bringing much needed relief. Just as the rain eases the pressure of the clouds and helps to feed billions, I have something to offer and I don't even know or understand how it came to reside within me. I am a force of nature struggling to find my own release. Like the earthquake causing tectonic plates to slide and adjust. Like the river bursting over the man-made obstacles. Damn! Worry. Because I'm…
This essay delineates the nature of mental health; it says that to be mentally healthy is to accept who one knows one’s self to be in fact, not who one wants to become. It says that people often reject their real selves and seek becoming idealized others. It says that ideals are generally derived from misconception of what extant society value and from desire to escape from problematic biological constitutions. Whatever is the origin of self-rejection, the individual must accept who he is without reference to what other people would accept? Self Acceptance Is The Natural State Of Human Beings;…
Fact: in our brains, thinking is done through electrons (which are packets of light energy). Thoughts and ideas and feelings are coded into electrons (inside the atoms in our brains) and subsequently circulate in our brains and bodies. Some of them eventually leave our bodies as parts of the air we breathe out or that leaves our bodies through our skins. Our thoughts are coded in electrons, light and leave our bodies; they interact with the electrons, light and other elements around us and affect them and are affected by them. This way our thoughts and feelings coded in electrons…