Psychology

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,…
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:49

We must return to love

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If you look at the actual world we live in there is no love in it; children are born in pain and often to unloving parents who treat them badly; some children are born with physical issues that make their lives miserable; some children are abused by their parents and society; some children are born into poverty and suffer and die. Natural forces treat people rather brutally. Natural events like earthquakes, volcanos, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, droughts, famine, plagues, disease caused by bacteria, virus and fungi kill people as if they have no value and worth. Extrapolating from nature one can…
From the day that I was born my body felt threat from the environment and felt about to die. It sought to survive and thought that the best way to do so is to invent an ideal self, a sort of magically powerful self that it believed that if it pursues it that it would have the power to overcome whatever threatens its life. From day one of my birth I rejected the weak bodily self and pursue a powerful ideal self. The pursuit of the magical ideal self then became a secondary problem. I feared not seeming like the…
The purpose of psychotherapy is to heal the therapist. This is, of course, not how therapists see themselves. They see themselves as there to heal their patients. Actually, the opposite is the truth. Their patients are there to heal them. Their patients present human psychological issues in a magnified form for them to see them clearly and understand the damages they do to people. Generally, therapists want to heal their patients of their issues. But that is not the immediate thing that they need to do. They need to learn from their patients and first heal themselves. When they are…
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 07:39

The End of my Idealism

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I have written books on leadership yet I have not really behaved like a leader. Why? Leaders have realistic goals, goals dictated by the time and place they live in, whereas my goals tended to be idealistic, unrealistic and unachievable. An African leader is dealing with primitive people and must not aim at transforming them or Africa to what took the West over two thousand years to accomplish. To just build a third rate university in Africa is all African leaders can do in their present time and place in history (it will take several hundred years before the glorified…
Many children do not like their parents telling them what to do; such children generally also do not like adults to tell them what to do; they also do not like anyone who seems in social authority to tell them what to do. Thus, they do not like teachers, church ministers and police and government officials to tell them what to do. Whenever they hear what to them seems like an adult telling them what to do, without thinking through what that person says, for obviously sometimes other folks tell us what to do that is good for us, such…
Sunday, 22 November 2015 21:44

Is creativity based on depression?

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Do you listen to music? I do all the time. In fact, right now ( 7 AM, Sunday, November 22, 2015), as I am in front of my computer typing this essay the local classical music radio station is offering its usual Sunday morning faire of choral music. I enjoy music and often wonder whether I can live without classical music? Musicians produce beautiful sound that gives human beings joy. But are those who give us such joy, musicians' always happy people? I have not talked to many musicians to be able to make a categorical statement about who they…
Dr. R.O Is Not A Man Of God; He Is An Egotist Dr. R.O is not a man of God; he is not God enlightened. He is still in ego. How? He still lives in fear; to live in fear is sign that one is not living in God. How do I know so? He said that in the mid-1980s he wrote a book that would replace the holy books of the world's religions and felt that it would so alienate the leaders of the religions of the world that they would come after him and kill him. To avoid…