Psychology

This is an essay on the nature of the mind. However, before I get to it let me digress and say a few things that may or not be germane to the essay. A couple of weeks ago my girlfriend's father died. Since school is over (summer break) I decided to go visit and stay with her for a while. Thus, I left Alaska and went to her state, Arizona. I got to where her father lived. It is a huge mansion, one of those million dollars houses that only rich white folks live in. There are really many Americas;…
Sunday, 22 May 2016 05:23

What I learned about life and teach

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Here is what I have learned about life. Each person's inherited body, family and social circumstances determined his or her personality. In the here and now people do not have a choice but to be who they are (although they chose it before they were born). Given my body and social circumstances, I am who I am supposed to be; my children are who they are given their bodies and social reality. Given Igbos inherited crummy bodies their paranoid characters is a necessary result; given their bodies and pathological culture (that accepts them conditionally, only when they seem achieving and…
Sunday, 24 April 2016 05:45

What is self hatred and self love?

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"Ozodinobi is not a typical Igbo. There are the Dans, Ho Has, Achusims, Jerome Yakubus, Nebus, Asagwaras, -ezekwes, and Ozodi's near twin brother, Joe, the Onuohas. None of the aforementioned can match Ozodi's level of self-hate and hate for his community." Daniel Akusobi, April 23, 2016 THE SPURIOUS SAY THAT OZODI HAS SELF- HATRED Ozodi Osuji We are all operating from different frames of references; given our reference group what we say makes total sense to us. In saying that Ozodi hates himself, Daniel Akusobi, operating from his Igbo, Nigerian, African and black framework believes that he makes sense. In…
Saturday, 23 April 2016 20:24

Human beings are mystery to themselves

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I do not know who I am; I do not know who the person standing before me is; I do not know who human beings are; human beings are a mystery to me! I am going to assume that other people are like me and do not know who they are; you probably do not know who you are and who I am (unless you pretend to know). Thus, human beings are a mystery to themselves! So, what is this creature that can understand the stars and how the physical universe is put together and yet he does not know…
Saturday, 23 April 2016 13:49

What Seems to Trouble the Igbos?

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The trouble of Ndiigbo is the story of Nigeria. Igbos have a lot of things to worry about. One is greed. Another is pride. The other is inability to get along . Problems of Igbos come from their holding onto some inherently incorrect perceptions. One perception holds that "we Igbos are being marginalized to the point of pennilessness as other tribes are taking all the resources." Another dangerous perception has it that "being marginalized, we igbos must struggle hard to gather all we can while there is still time or else we are left with nothing more than crumbs.." I…
In his books, The Paranoid Process (1978) and Psychotherapy for the Paranoid process (1986), William W. Meissner noted the correlation of depression and paranoia. Paranoia or sense of false importance and power, he said, is a mask over underlying sense of inferiority and inadequacy. The paranoid person feels excruciatingly inadequate and fears death; he refused to accept that reality, for if he did he would be depressed. Instead, he denied his depression, at least, at the conscious mind level and places his spurious sense of superiority over other people in his conscious mind. In this light, many Igbos feel totally…
Wednesday, 13 April 2016 14:05

What exactly is love?

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There Is A Lot Of Magical Thinking Around The Word Love! Ozodi Osuji I hear a lot about love and how it is very critical for our survival. So, what exactly is love? Some people, such as the psychologist, Carl Rogers, say that love means accepting every person in an unconditionally positive manner. What does this unconditional positive acceptance of people mean? Does it mean accepting every behavior that a person evinces, including anti-social behaviors? Does it mean sitting around as some human beings enslave others? Does it mean doing nothing as Islamic Jihadists randomly kill people in the name…
My ego doubts itself and sees bad things happening to me. What I expect I experience. Some people's egos expect good things to happen to them and what they expect they receive, good things. Generally speaking, what one expects is what one gets; expect good and get good or expect bad and receive bad. Apparently, something in us brings to us what we expect; the world reflects our beliefs; what we believe is mirrored for us to see. One's world is ones beliefs projected out for one to see and experience. Our collective world is the collective projections of all…
A meeting I attended on Saturday October 8, 2011, is responsible for spurring or stimulating the writing of this piece. At this meeting, the President and some members present expressed deep concerns over the plight of Nigerian children in the USA. The roots of the troubles we have in Nigeria are attributed to the ways we manage our most valued product. Did you say the product is money? You are wrong. While some members spoke on the children’s indiscipline and inappropriate habits, others point accusing fingers at the real culprits, namely, Igbo parents and parents from all Nigerian tribes, who…
I HAVE BEEN IN FEAR SINCE BIRTH BECAUSE MY BODY FELT THREATENED Ozodi Osuji Upon birth my medical issues (cytochrome c oxidase deficiency, spondylolysis and mitral valve prolapse) disposed my body to feel like the physical environment would snuff it out of existence; it felt fear of death and poured out adrenalin and other fear associated neurochemicals. My body was forever reacting with fear for its life; my body felt constantly stimulated and urged me to take measures to run away from whatever was making it fearful except that I could not run away from it since the fear emanates…
Sunday, 03 April 2016 19:46

Finding your self

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The Meaning Of The Saying That Life Offers Us Opportunity To Find Our Selves Ozodi Osuji When I was in secondary school I read Nnamdi Azikiwe's autobiography, My Odyssey. A statement in it stuck in my mind. The statement is his saying that America offers people the opportunity to find themselves. Apparently, he meant that his education in America and his various efforts to make it in what he called "God's own country" offered him the opportunity to come to know what he is good at and go do it. Apparently, he discovered that he is a journalist and returned…
The question of who the individual's self is can be answered at three levels: (1) the here and now world, (2) the ideal self and (3) the supposed spiritual world. We can ascertain what the individual's real self in this world is. We can also seek to understand the individual's ideal self and his supposed spiritual self. The problem is that the so-called spiritual self is, to the best of my knowledge, merely conceptual; we conceive who we think that at the spiritual level is who we are but we really do not know whether that self is true or…
Monday, 07 March 2016 21:35

Perfection is the enemy of the good

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You probably have heard the expression: perfection is the enemy of the good. This is really true. Let us think about that pithy aphorism for a little while. There are people who are motivated to achieve perfection in their lives. We normally call such persons idealists, as opposed to realists. Realists accept the world as it is, imperfect, and work within its imperfect parameters and to the extent that they seek improvement of the world they know that people and their world can only change and improve incrementally, not drastically. Realists accept imperfect human beings as they are and do…
Have you ever observed your ego? I make it my business to observe my ego. My observation shows me that my ego desires to kill the person who makes it feel small. If any human being makes me feel humiliated and powerless I feel angry; in my anger I want that person dead, I mean literally dead. I do not like any one to offend me and get away with it. My enemy must die, is my wish. Of course, I have never had the opportunity to actualize my ego wish for my enemies to die; I am just observing…
Thursday, 04 February 2016 15:29

Teaching sanity

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Teaching People How To Be Sane In An Insane World Is My Vocation Ozodi Osuji In my judgment, the world is an insane place; the people I see around me adapted to that insanity of the world and behave in an insane manner. Consider white Americans refusal to give all Americans a single payer health insurance and provide all young Americans, through age twenty six, that is, college and four years graduate schooling included, with publicly paid tuition; they provide what seems rationalizations for their not caring for their people. They pay the price of having their people not medically…
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 14:11

The biosocial origin of the human personality

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Let me make yet another effort to teach my Igbo brothers (and other people) about how human society impacts on children, and help them to understand how their conditionally accepting Igbo society disposes them to be neurotics. Most Igbos fancy themselves better than other people and live to desecrate people. They do not realize that mental health inheres in doing whatever one can to make people feel good about themselves. It is mental disorder to insult people, as Igbos routinely do. Igbos destroy peoples self-esteems hence make them less productive. Because Igbos destroy their people's self-esteems they are less productive…
Monday, 25 January 2016 21:54

Mind Science and other matters

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Mission Statement of MIND SCIENCE INSTITUTE (MSI) Mind science Institute aims at removing the obstacles in our minds that prevent us from living from our real self and in doing so enable us to live happily and peacefully HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING AND REMOVING FEAR BASED THINKING AND BEHAVIOR My girlfriend and I moved into an apartment. Right from the first night we heard weird noise in the bedroom; it occurs at the same time every day: around six o'clock in the morning and about the same time in the evening; my mind tries to understand its source;…
You cannot come to God with any ego intellectual knowledge in your mind. All our thinking and what we call knowledge is of the ego; our earthly knowledge is based on our perception of a separated world. The best of such knowledge is empirical, science. Our scientific and technical knowledge is, of course, useful for adaptation to this world; science is the best way to adapt to this world and we must do science. Nevertheless, our ego based intellectual knowledge cannot explain God and cannot be brought to God. As long as you have any ego knowledge, anything you learned…
Thursday, 21 January 2016 02:29

Introducing mind science

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There is a unified self; that unified self is one and infinite in numbers (and is forever expanding into other units; there is no end to its numbers). The parts of the unified self-have the power of the unified self; however, they cannot separate from him but they can pretend to have done so. Our physical universe is a pretense of separation from the unified self. INVENTION OF SELF CONCEPTS AND SELF IMAGES AND PROJECTION OF THEM OUT AS OUR WORLD The parts of the unified self-do think and imagine; they use their minds to imagine themselves in a body…
One of the things I find useful is that Nigerian Internet forums offer Nigerians opportunity to exhibit their personalities for the entire world to see. Apparently, many Nigerians are not aware that whatever we do exposes our personalities. Nothing does so more than our writings. Write a page and you tell the reader who you are. You cannot hide who you are, no matter how much you try, when you write. For example, it does not take a rocket scientist to draw the conclusion from my writings that I have an obsession with understanding people. I have always wanted to…
Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:38

Nebu is a classic paranoid character

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In most of his writings, this man, Nebu, begins by calling folk idiot, shameless and illiterate. You read that and are taken aback. You wonder what he means, for, obviously, he is not using words the way we do in daily life; he uses words idiosyncratically. Joseph Igieseme has written hundreds of scientific articles (I have read some of them and am impressed); he writes in Standard English; therefore, to hear Nebu call him illiterate made me experience cognitive dissonance. Is there something about English that Nebu knows that I do not know? Nebu writes in nonstandard English; to the…
According to A course in miracles, the empirical world does not exist; it is a dream. You and all of us are the collective dreamer of the world. You can make the dream, the world, a pleasant dream or an unpleasant one, a nightmare; the choice is yours. Regardless of what you do, the nonexistent cannot be made meaningful so you cannot make the world meaningful. The world came into being from a pointless, meaningless desire to see one as separated from God, supplant God and create one's own world. Since one cannot supplant God and or separate from God…
Every person is the spirit of God, life, intelligence manifested in body. At the spirit level all of us are the same but the body we manifest in determines how we think and behave, our personalities. Until you change people's bodies and improve them you cannot change people. The same intelligence will manifest differently in people. Even if you remove all the obstacles to living fully, give people the same psychotherapy people will be different as a result of their bodies; there will be smart and dull people, criminals and saints, all due to their bodies differences (DNA). Therefore, it…
It gradually dawned on me why despite possessing encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects I have not done well in the world. I have not done well in the world because I do not believe that anything that I am doing is important. Those who do well in the world are people who believe that what they are doing is very important to people and the world regardless of what you think of what they are doing. You may believe that what they are doing is unimportant but what matters is if they themselves believe that what they are doing is…
Science has probably done a number on mankind; it told us to dismiss as rubbish what our ancestors used to consider messages from the spiritual world. Now we see our thinking as the product of the configuration of electrons, protons and neutrons, atoms interacting in such a manner that they produce our thinking. Look, I have taken several classes on the human brain and probably have as much knowledge of it as the average neurologist. Yet, something tells me that the raw physical brain is probably not entirely responsible for our thinking; sending information from one neuron to another, yes,…