Beyond Bones & Blood

Modern psychology is as fragmented as it could ever be.  The average man (let’s use ‘man’ instead of ‘person’ and assume it refers to both genders) wears the clad of a variety of different roles which he lives in life. A simple example is to differentiate the type of person you are at work, home, and among your friends. Some people will notice that when these “different worlds collide” — as George Costanza refers to it in the show Seinfeld — our roles tend to suffer in certain ways. For example, you may notice that mixing worlds nullifies your personality and those who are present and know you by a specific role find the situation odd, assuming you are either, in fact, not well or something is troubling you. You, on the other hand, can have all sorts of explanations in your head to justify the state you are in, but they are all probably just that: justifications. In reality, a man rarely knows himself well enough to identify what exactly is happening to him.

The fundamental level from which these roles exist is a psychological environment where personalities are formed according to conditioning to external influences. A man develops little reactions and habits from didactic education and upbringing, imitation of people around him, and the general moods which characterize his town, city, or country. These reactions, this conditioning which coats a man from childhood and onwards, are the personalities we form and use to interact with the world. Better yet  is to say that these personalities use us. In the beginning we ingrain and absorb them into our bones and blood; later on they become the main and primary impetus, motivation, and driving force behind our every manifestation. Our emotional health intwines and attaches itself, in a way similar to an addiction or at least some form of bondage and slavery, to the activity of these personalities. Some people will be more inclined to avoid being alone in isolation, for without the constant barrage of conversations, stimulation, and contact with the incessant noise of the outside world, personalities in a man begin to dry out from lack of nourishment. Yet there is something much deeper in man than his personality and the presence of such will determine what happens when his personalities slow down and give way for something else to fill the void. If this ‘something’ is very weak and feeble, depression may well form. The wheel slows and slows until even internal chatter begins to come to a halt.


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