Psychology

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…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:09

Escape From Depression To Human Destructiveness

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Abstract: This paper says that the human condition is depressing, that people feel existential depression. Since depression is a negative affect people do not like it so they deny it and mask it with the ceaseless activities that characterize their lives on planet earth. It says that efforts to defend against depression often lead to being evil and is at the root of human destructiveness (as in Hitler’s war and white racism). It ends by saying that people ought to accept their depressed status and seek ways to deal with it without denying it with infantile beliefs about how important…
Monday, 16 January 2012 08:34

The Real Self Versus The Ideal Self

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Introduction: We have an obligation to study and understand our selves (personalities, self-concepts and what lies beneath the mask of personality). Each of us is the end product of 13.7 billion yeas of evolution from the Big Bang to the present. He is not a mistake; he is what nature evolved. Our duty is to study him and understand him from biological, sociological, psychological and spiritual perspectives. We must strive to improve ourselves and have the wisdom to know what cannot be improved and live with it. Since many persons obsessive-compulsively act as if they are their ideal selves and…
And All Of These Things In My Father’s House by La Vonda R. Staples http://lavondastaples.blogspot.com/ My grandmother prevented me from becoming a murderer. Well, at least from committing that first murder. I’ve wanted to kill my mother for a very long time. Don’t be shocked. She deserves it. She is one of the cruelest, most evil, most vile creatures that God has ever allowed to walk this Earth. No child deserves the hell that she gave me. I guess that’s why I always appeared so fearless. A few years with her and there is no fear of the unknown. I…
Science tells us that we are the product of events in the environment. In the beginning was the big bang. The Big Bang produced matter, space and time. In time those produced the galaxies, stars and planets. The planets produced biological life forms, human beings included. On earth human beings are not only produced but shaped by their natural surroundings. Nature produced people, produced their genes, bodies, personalities and everything they do. In effect we are the product of nature; to say that we have free will and played any kind of role in our evolution is delusion disorder. Animals…
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 07:11

Escape From Depression

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The realities of some people’s lives make them acutely aware of the meaningless and pointless nature of existence on earth. They are aware that to live in body is to live only to die. They are aware that body is nothing (body has no worth and value). The affairs of the body fill them with disgust. This awareness makes these persons depressed. This occurs very early in their lives, in my case before age six. These people are existentially depressed. They seek ways to avoid the awareness of their existential depression. One way to escape from existential depression is to…
It is said that science is now so complex that individuals find it difficult to even comprehend information produced by members of their own specialties talk about understanding what other fields are producing. In the past it was possible for a college educated person to understand all that was accepted as knowledge. A PhD in 1800 AD probably gave the person a fair understanding of all that exists as knowledge, science and philosophy, in the Western world. Thus, Western philosophers used to know pretty much all there was to know in their world and on that basis wrote their philosophies…
This paper points out the fallacy of believing that we have selves separated from the universe. It says that this belief in separated selves is the origin and nature of mental disorders. It says that to regain mental health that we must individually jettison our sense of separated selves and accept that we are all parts of one shared life; in human terms, one self; in metaphysical terms, the unified self and its unified mind. The Psychology Of Not Identifying With A Separated Self Ozodi Thomas Osuji Western psychology and psychiatry has done an excellent work describing the various mental…
Monday, 24 October 2011 00:10

Mental Illness and Spirituality

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Mental disorder consists of two types: (1) the normal type; here, the normal person sees his self as a body and ego and defends it, (2) here, in addition to doing what normal folks do the person rejects his body and ego and posits an idealized body and ego and defends it. Healing mental disorder is done at two levels: (1) giving up identification with the ideal self and its wishes and not defending those; this brings the person to normal status, and (2) not seeing one’s self as an ego and body and not defending one’s ego and body.…
Monday, 17 October 2011 07:05

The Lonely Life Of The Pursuer Of Ideal Self

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This paper points out that those who posit and pursue idealized self images and idealized standards tend to reject and avoid real people for they are not perceived as ideal. The result is that they tend to be lonely persons. Loneliness is anxiety and depression making. The paper says that one must accept ones self, other persons, social institutions and the world of space, time and matter as they are, imperfect, and relate to them as such and not expect them to change and become what they cannot become, perfect, before one relates to them. THE LONELY LIFE OF THE…
Friday, 14 October 2011 03:59

Coping With Existential Depression

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This paper is a feedback to a young man that presents with what the writer judged existential depression. The young man did not find any earthly activity meaningful and therefore did not really want to do anything. He felt that life in body is a waste of time, ennui, since ultimately we shall all die. The paper seeks ways to motivate the young man to live fully in the face of the existential realities he described. The larger aim of the paper is to postulate how human beings can cope with their meaningless and purposeless existence. COPING WITH EXISTENTIAL DEPRESSION…
A course in miracles wrote that nothing can happen to one without one wanting to experience it; that the secret of salvation is the realization that everything that happened to one is exactly what one wanted to experience. It says that we tend to think that we came to a world that is different from what we wanted to see but that the world we see is exactly the world we wanted to see; that everything in the world is exactly as we wished for them to be and that everything that happens in our world is exactly as we…
The cliché: you never know where good may come from is really true. Who would believe that profound psychological insights would come from the thinkers of the Catholic Church? In my rebellion against my inherited Christianity I had sworn never to have anything to do with the Catholic Church (during my college years I went to Rome to go spit at St Paul’s Cathedral; I had seen the Vatican as the viper’s nest, a wolf’s lair from which the world was manipulated into obeying the Catholic Church). Thus, for years, I paid no attention to whatever Catholic thinkers (theologians) write.…
When children are loved in what Carl Rogers called unconditional positive manner by those that Harry Stack Sullivan called their significant others (that is, their parents, siblings, peers, authority figures, such as teachers, ministers etc.) they tend to grow up feeling accepted by their world and feel secure in their world. They go through the various developmental stages described by Erick Erickson and other developmental psychologists smoothly. (See Erickson, Childhood and Society; Piaget, Moral Development of the Child; Lawrence Kohlberg’s moral development of the child; Burton and White’s studies on child development etc.). Such children become adults whose chronological age,…
This essay, originally given as a talk, identifies human beings primary problem as their having separated selves, aka egos; it says that they need to give up their egos and their sense of separation if they desire peace and happiness. In returning to unified spirit state human beings attain peace and happiness. To make the paper less abstract and more concrete the writer described his ego and his struggle to give up his ego. OUR PROBLEM IS HAVING AND DEFENDING BIG EGOS; THE SOLUTION IS GIVING UP OUR EGOS Ozodi Thomas Osuji It is really difficult to understand how human…
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:46

A Mentally Healthy Self Is A Humble Self

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This paper goes where, apparently, mental health professionals are afraid to go to: state what constitutes mental health. It unequivocally says that whereas there could be such a thing as perfect mental health in a non-material, non-spatial world that given the limitations imposed on human beings in their world of space, time and matter they cannot have perfect mental health and that in so far that they attain humility in their thinking and behaving they are mentally healthy. A MENTALLY HEALTHY SELF IS A HUMBLE SELF Ozodi Thomas Osuji You can go through a course of studies in psychology and…
This paper makes the point that psychiatry is unable to heal mentally ill persons because it does not factor the element of choice into its perception of the causation of mental disorders. It says that human beings are conscious beings, beings that make choices; it says that we must see people as choice making persons and then help the mentally ill, whose mental illness it says has something to do with inherited biological constitution and poor choice, choose self-love and love for all persons if we want to heal them. Psychiatry and psychology are currently working very hard to transform…
This paper began with an observation that black folk all over the world seem motivated by desire to seem important and prestigious in people's eyes. It says that this drive tends to make them self-centered and unable to care for social interests. Therefore, the drive for personal prestige is problematical. It tried to understand why black folk seem to have this arrested development, arrested at narcissistic level of being instead of the fully adult level of being that serves social good. It posited an existential explanation of the phenomenon. Its argument is that human beings perceive their lives as meaningless…
This paper says one reason, inter alia, that Africans are backward is their tendency to deny responsibility for their negative behaviors while blaming other persons for them. It says that while they point two fingers at other persons that three point right back at them reminding them that whereas it is true that other people contribute to their fate that they contribute more than they do to it. It says that for Africa to move forward that Africans must stop blaming white men and other people for their rotten state and take responsibility for their continent and do what needs…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:47

Power, Fear And Paranoia In Egoism

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This article says that the paranoid person, a person driven by incredible desire for power, is ridden by fear and that that fearfulness is rooted in his desire to create himself, create other people and God. The desire to replace the creator of the universe and become the creator makes the individual feel fear of those he wants to create: God and other people. Fear is overcome when the individual accepts that he is created by God and that he did not create other people; that is, when the individual gives up his inordinate desire for power he becomes less…
Abstract: This piece points out that human beings feel separated from other people and from the whole which religion calls God; it says that that sense of separation makes them feel incomplete. That sense of incompleteness is painful and they try to reduce it by seeking completion by seeking other people's attention and recognition. Unfortunately, once we are given birth to independence we really cannot return to feeling one with other people. The paper concludes that we might as well accept our individuation and quit seeking other people's acceptance of us.   In my judgment, is at its best when…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:44

Unloving People Are Evil And Mentally Ill

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This essay says that many persons are simultaneously evil and mentally ill. It says that mental health lies in being loving. Complete mental health, however, is not possible while people live in bodies; it is only possible in bodiless spirit; in body and ego people can approximate mental health by loving themselves and each other but would never be completely mentally healthy. The piece uses the behavior of an Igbo scam, con artist to illustrate its thesis. mental dosorderOn July 26, 2011, I opened my email and there was this letter from an Igbo Nigerian man who claims to be…