Psychology

Thursday, 14 July 2016 18:54

In search of self understanding

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If Desire For Escape And Idealism Is Rooted In Physics Does That Make Metaphysics Fantasy? Ozodi Osuji All my life I have sought escape from physical activities. I remember my first year at school, at age six. We were been taught how to write. I would write very fast (just as I do everything very fast, I type very fast). Why do I write so fast and make many mistakes? Even as a child I realized that I do everything very fast because my goal was to do it as quickly as was possible and get it done and over…
People Take The Consequences Of Their Behaviors And Personalities Ozodi Osuji One thing is now crystal clear to me; it is that each of us takes the consequences of his behaviors and his personality. There is justice in nature; that justice requires each person to reap what he or she sows in life. Each person behaves in a certain pattern and receives attendant consequences to his behaviors. There are no accidents in the outcomes each of us receives from life. The outcome each person receives is what his behavior and personality deserves. No external person made us who we are;…
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 07:22

What is my vocation?

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Obviously, I like working but I also want to do only the type of work that makes sense to me. It is either I do a job that I find meaningful or I do not work at all. I am one of those people that would rather be idle than do what I do not like doing. So, what is my day to day vocation? Is it talking about ideal behaviors and changing people? Clearly, one can stand on one's head and talk until one goes blue in the face and people will not change; talking ideal is a waste…
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 19:31

One must overcome fear to live freely

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Fear Is The Chief Protector Of Body And Ego; To Have No Fear One Must Do It From No Ego Ozodi Osuji Fear is a means of protecting the body and ego; if one has no body and ego one would have no fear. To have no fear is to identify with the eternal spirit. Fear keeps ego alive but spirit, not living in body, does not need fear to keep it alive. The ego cannot overcome fear for fear protects the ego. It takes a different self, a unified self for one to overcome fear. Love, meaning unified self,…
"Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them." (Albert Einstein) Jerome: As you probably know, in 1905 Albert Einstein, working as a patent clerk in Switzerland (he had a bachelor's degree in physics and tried to get into graduate school and was not admitted, so he worked as a patent clerk to make money to support his wife and children, while still thinking about theoretical physics), wrote five papers and submitted them to a physics journal for publication. All five of them were accepted. The five papers are called: Annus Mirabilis papers. One of the papers is…
The Lessons I Learned From Igbos Attempt To Shame Me Ozodi Osuji Ten years ago, when I came to Nigerian Internet groups I initially concerned myself with trying to teach the forumites assorted subjects (political science, psychology, religions and so on); I did not get into folks tendency to mutually put each other down. Since I saw Igbos putting folks down, I focused on that behavior. I tried to tell Igbos the consequences of what they are doing. The human condition is such that every human being, deep down, feels like shit, denies it and wants to seem important in…
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 21:32

The three levels of self and other matters

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Science will eventually prove that what we call the self has three levels. The three levels are not disconnected; they are like a straight line with one end in God and the other in the ego. The first level, what I call the real self, is in what people call God. There is a nameless force that folks call God (to name it, to define it is to limit it but it cannot be defined and hence cannot be limited; I will, however, go along with common usage and call that nameless force God). God is one self that is…
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CASSIUS CLAY/MOHAMMAD ALI FOR BLACK PEOPLE AND THE WORLD A eulogy for the greatest boxer of the twentieth century Ozodi Osuji Cassius Marcellus Clay, aka Mohammad Ali (1942-2016,) burst unto the world scene in 1960 when he won the light heavy weight medal at the Rome Olympics. In 1964, age 22, Cassius Clay became the world's heavy weight champion by defeating Sonny Liston, the reigning world champion. Thereafter, Cassius Clay had a run of defeating several contenders for the heavy weight title. He was so good at doing what he did that the entire world agreed with…
Living From My Real Self Giving Up Avoidant Personality And Idealism Due to the exigencies of my body (I inherited a mitochondrial disorder, Cytochrome C Oxidase deficiency), right from the get go of my existence I developed an avoidant life style (my personality is avoidant personality). Stimuli from the environment impinged painfully on my body and my mind sought ways to escape from the body distress that I lived in. Thus, I developed an avoidant life style; I am always trying to avoid things that cause my body pain or that I anticipate would cause me pain (real or imaginary).…
I woke up this morning at 4 AM and before I could turn on the light to see clearly saw something at the ceiling that made me feel fearful. I spent the night at a friend's house and at the ceiling is a fan. I momentarily took the fan as something dangerous and felt fear. I had misinterpreted the nature of the fan and saw it as something other than a fan; it took on an ominous quality, like something threatening to my life and could hurt me. It took me less than a second to realize that the perceived…
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…