Psychology

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…
Some children are born in bodies that are prone to inordinate pain (due to some inherited medical disorder in all the cells in their bodies). They feel pained and do not want to be pained. They want to escape from this extraordinary pain. They cannot do so realistically so they try to do so mentally. They use their imagination to construct alternative selves that are pain free, ideal, powerful and superior self. In clothes and shoes such children’s bodies feel pained and constricted and cry out to be released from those constricting and pain making contraptions of so-called civilization. The…
Friday, 01 June 2012 13:09

Psychology Is Secondary To Biology

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There are biological issues that lead the individual to think in a manner that is problematic, a manner judged to be disordered. Physical pain, for example, could make a person to reject his body and desire an idealized body and self. The desire for idealized self becomes a secondary psychological process that is problematic since no person can ever become ideal and perfect. Moreover, pursuit of the ideal perfect self leads to fear of not attaining it hence anxiety disorder. Psychiatry focuses on the individual’s problematic thinking and ignores the underlying biological causation of it. And when psychiatry talks about…
Upon birth on earth, into the human body something in the individual feels like he is diminished; he feels existential nothingness; he feels inferior, unimportant, worthless and insignificant. He does not like these feelings of inferiority and valuelessness. The same something in him that made him feel insignificant in body now makes him desire its opposite, significance. All human beings feel insignificant and pursue significance. In normal persons the desire for significance is generally masked and hidden in the unconscious mind. In neurotics minds the feeling of insignificance is in the conscious mind. Simply put, the human child feels like…
Monday, 28 May 2012 16:39

Fate

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'Hypothetically, if the only choice you've got is to do the wrong thing, then it's not really the *wrong* thing, is it? It's more like fate.' 'Vlad, it's never that easy.' 'Of course, we agree to disagree.' No matter, what choices you make what things you do and what rewards you want, everything is written, decided and destined to happen. This is what I understand of fate. Although I don't personally believe in it (or maybe I do sometimes), fate is really an important part of our lives. It affects how people think, see and perceive situations. I guess luck…
Living From Love Center According to A course in miracles, in eternity (aka heaven) we are always love and know only love; we live from love. But to live from love we must not pursue specialness, differences and inequality. We opted to seek differences and inequality, in a word, we seek specialness hence seems to have separated from the union of God and his son. Actually, separation is impossible; we are still in God, for as ideas in the mind of God we cannot leave our source; but while in God we seem to have gone to sleep and in…
The universe is wiser than the individual. It gives to us what we need but not what necessarily we consciously think that we need. Consider. When I was first exposed to African and Nigerian Internet forums and began reading what folks write initially I was ashamed of what I read and wanted to get off the forums. Somehow I kept coming back to them. Later, I wished that some of the people on the forum writing rubbish would go away. They seemed so totally stupid that I did not want anything to do with them. Consider Chukwuma. He writes like…
This paper says that our original state in formless unified spirit is love; it says that we separated from unified spirit to experience separated ego selves housed in bodies. Each person has a separated ego self-housed in body, a self that is at a different level of evolution through space and time. It says that we relate to each other from ego point of view, which is pragmatic. It says that such relationship although called love is really mutual ego use. The goal of the paper is to enable people to turn to love and begin the journey back to…
This essay tried to understand the psychology of ancient prophets. It says that those were people who had a dogged inner compulsion to state the truth as they saw it, often to the harm of their physical being. It says that those people had nothing to gain from stating the truth yet they had a compulsion to state the truth. The average person is pragmatic and does what enables him survive and cannot understand why prophets do what they do and call them fools and or mad men. Now I Understand The Psychology Of The Prophets Of God (The Psychology…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 13:02

Losing Hope: Depression is a satanic trick

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Introduction My days are past, My purposes are broken off, Even the thoughts of my heart. Where then is my hope? As for my hope, who can see it? (Job 17:11, 15) The character - Job is the biblical standard for despair and unfairness. Therefore, when we get to that stage that we begin to wonder why we are left alone sometimes at night with no one to talk to about our inner feelings, or we get to that manic stage of being afraid to be alone, or when are thoughts processes cannot take us out gloom and doom psychology,…
This essay pointed out that we have one problem and one problem only (the others are mere details), our belief that we have separated selves. We constructed separated selves that are so powerful that they replace the self that God created us as, Christ, his holy son who is one with him and all his brothers. We are pursuing big selves, and as long as we do so we are mentally ill. When we jettison the big self and embrace the humble self, the real son of God who acknowledges that his father created him and asks his father to…
Easter Message from Ozodi Osuji Easter means the death of Jesus the man and the resurrection of a new self in what was called Jesus, the Christ self. Metaphorically, this means the death of the human separated self-concept, the ego and the resurrection of the Christ, unified self in us. Each of us upon birth on earth constructs a separated ego self-concept housed in body and defends it with food, medications, clothes and shelter, if necessary at the expense of other persons. At some point we realize that the ego self is not our true self. Our real self is…
This piece says that what one believes about reality determines how one experiences reality; it says that one’s belief system determines where one is at. We are always in one place, in God and his heaven and while there develop beliefs and our beliefs place us where we currently are; if we change our beliefs we find ourselves in other places and, ultimately, when we give up making beliefs we reawaken to where we always are while making beliefs and translating them to seeming realities, to dreams. We are always in God/heaven while dreaming that we are outside it. Ones…
This article ruminates on existentialism’s perception that human existence is meaningless and purposeless. The piece adds that the human body is nothing of significance and thus we are tempted to disregard it. It says that nothing as it may be we must take good care of our bodies and use them to navigate our existence on planet earth. It is fun understanding how the physical universe is put together. One should not pass up on the opportunity to study science and understand how our world is put together; thus, if living in body, in nothing, facilitates that interest one must…
This piece said that to be a human being is to make self-concept and self-image for one’s self and to make concept and images for other people and for everything in one’s life. It says that most people have normal self-concepts and self-images whereas a few have neurotic and or psychotic self-concepts and self-images. Those with neurotic self-concepts need to understand their desire to be better than other persons and work to shrink their inflated egoism to humble proportions. Psychotics, it says, that at this time medications are our best bet in helping them bring their grandiose self-images to manageable…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:56

Mental Tenants

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www.lavondastaples.com Believe it or not but your mind is a place. I always think of my mind as a kind of high rise apartment building. It has some luxury penthouses as well as a few studio efficiencies just big enough to touch the wall of the livingroom and the eyes on the stove simultaneously. Yes. My mind is a place. At times I visualize that there is a little man who lives in my brain. He’s the maintenance man. At night, he makes his rounds and turns off all of the lights and closes any open doors. So, I guess…
Abstract: This paper says that the key factor shaping peoples thinking and behavior is fear of harm and death, a fear rooted in people’s desire to live forever in bodies. At present what is called psychology is skirting that issue while concentrating on trivial issues. It says that we must throw away much of what currently presents itself as psychology and begin from the beginning and establish adult psychology that studies what really troubles human beings. It begins this endeavor by positing a theory of human nature: that theory is people are motivated by desire for eternal life and fear…
Friday, 17 February 2012 18:29

Body, Behavior And Personality Are One

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Building on self-observation, this paper says that our bodies determine our behaviors and personalities. It, however, postulates that there is another self apart from the human body and personality. It calls that other self the real-self. The real-self is part of what folks call God, what it calls Unified Spirit Self. The real self appears separated from the unified self and projects itself to a higher separated ego self that is in light body form, not in gross body and that higher ego self-projects itself to a lower ego self in gross body form (our earthly forms). On earth we…
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:59

You Can Attain Inner Peace If You Want To

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If you desire inner peace this piece tells you one of the ways to attain it: do not pursue ego ideals; do not expect people to be better than they already are; do not judge people as good or bad; see people as part of nature (animals, plants) and do not expect them to be different from other parts of nature in their behaviors. You Can Attain Inner Peace If You Want To By Ozodi Thomas Osuji Please read the headline of this piece once again; it says that you can attain inner peace if you want to; it did…
Abstract: This paper posits that the real self is part of unified self, a self that is formless. On earth we are not aware of the nature of the real self. On earth we manifest in bodies. We perceive those bodies as nothing (this perception is more acute in so-called neurotics and the mentally ill). We then use our imaginations to construct idealized selves still in bodies and pursue those alternative selves. The ideal self is a replacement self, a substitute self. The neurotic sees his bodily self as not good and wants to replace it with an imaginary ideal…
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 20:28

This Is What I Believe Is True Of Human Nature

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This paper says that we have three levels of self: a real self that is unified with all selves and is formless; a higher ego separated self that is made of light and a lower ego separated self that is made of the various elements. This is a statement of what in my heart I believe is true. It is not rooted in any kind of scientific and empirical evidence but is what makes sense to me. I am not asking other persons to agree with me but if what makes sense to me makes sense to them this paper…