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Psychology & Psychotherapy

The study and treatment of the human mind

IrritablePsychology is essentially the study of the mind, including logic, reason, emotion, conscious and unconscious mental processes and behaviour. It is also associated with neuroscience and the study of the brain to the extent that psychology has become an umbrella term for a wide variety of ‘disciplines’, paradigms, religions and cults that are not clearly definable as medical, philosophical or sociological disciplines.

If you were to visit a psychologist, he or she would have the view that psychology acknowledges the potential of behaviour problems being learned responses which can be corrected with therapy and education, whereas:

Psychiatry considers that behavioural problems are actual medical illnesses with physical causes despite the fact that after over 100 years of attempts to identify a physical cause for mental illness, there are still none. Psychiatric treatments focus on medical or physical interventions such as drugs, electroshock therapy, deep brain stimulation by electrode, psychosurgery, etc.

The History of Psychology

For thousands of years psychology has existed as ‘philosophy’ as found in the ancient Vedic Indian texts which record the findings of man’s examination of mind and spirit. Other historic books can be found in the Buddhist, Yoga and Vedanta libraries.

The modern word ‘psychology’ comes from the Greek word ‘psyche’, meaning mind or soul and ‘ology’ meaning study, however today many aspects of modern psychology are political and sociological tools used to control the public and to coerce those with other than ‘normal’ behaviours to conform to the dominant social stereotype.

While today’s experimental psychology is concerned with learning, memory, perception, attention, emotions, links to physiological processes of the brain and body; it has some merit in attempting to understand the consequences of brain damage and mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. But overall psychology today is primarily a tool that serves corporate and political interests instead of being a pure instrument to guide humanity toward a brighter future.

The wise or temperate person will know herself or himself, and be able to examine what she/he knows or does not know, and to see what others know and think that they know and do really know; and what they do not know, and fancy that they know, when they do not. No other person will be able to do this. And this is wisdom and temperance and self-knowledge-for a man/woman to know what he/she knows, and what he does not know.

Now let us begin again, and ask, in the first place, whether it is or is not possible for a person to know that he/she knows and does not know what he knows and does not know; and in the second place, whether, if perfectly possible, such knowledge is of any use.” Plato

“What Jung says is that you should play your role, knowing that it’s not you. It’s a quite different point of view. This requires individuation, separating your ego, your image of yourself, from the social role. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t play the role; it simply means that no matter what you choose to do in life, whether it’s to cop out or to cop in, you are playing a role, and don’t take it too damned seriously. The persona is merely the mask you’re wearing for this game.” ~ Joseph Campbell.

Political correctness is a lens through which all reality must be filtered, cleansed of unpleasant truths and accepted without question by all. In short, PC is an attempt to correlate reality and theory by altering reality. And thus, political correctness is nothing more than a form of mental illness. Read More…

“Practicing Dharma is the supreme method for improving the quality of our human life. The quality of life depends not on external development or material progress, but on the inner development of peace and happiness. For example, in the past many Buddhists lived in poor and underdeveloped countries, but they were able to find pure, lasting happiness by practising what Buddha had taught.” — Geshe Kelsang Gyatso – Introduction to Buddhism

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