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For nearly a century, psychology has existed as a formal science. It hasn’t, however, get away from its initial focus. Since it was developed in medical laboratories, it has long been referred to as the science of psychopathology, or what is wrong. When viewed in this light, psychology has never been a substantial contributor to a general definition of human nature. Only when anything goes wrong do we worry about ourselves psychologically.
Until about 100 years ago, it was most common to think of ourselves as creatures of God, a God Who gave us a small but compelling piece of Himself – His Spirit. We still call this piece our “soul,” meaning the spiritual core of us. Though we don’t readily think of ourselves as possessing (being in charge) the spiritual entity from which it was derived. We usually think of it as a part of some universal Presence or procedure that we must submit to become completely and perfectly in tune. Tyranny survived for centuries, basing itself upon this fearful belief.
Origin of Psychology
Enter psychology, the secularizing science. What it’s doing subtly, which is not yet fully recognized by us, is one, to claim the soul as belonging to humans; and two, to discard the notion of “psychopathology.” This process emancipates psychological science from the laboratories of medicine and its emphasis upon illness. Though it still presumes to be the parent of psychology, medical science lacks a unified theory of how the body functions as an ecosystem—best illustration: drugs, which produce almost as many problems as they solve. Medicine has potential pieces of this theory, but not the whole. Thus this parent is fundamentally unqualified to define this new psychological aspect of our nature. It hasn’t even got its understanding in order.
In recent times the pathological aspect of psychology is being eliminated to render everything user-friendly by discarding (disowning) the negative aspects of human nature. The usual method is to say everything is normal. However, we don’t entirely believe it because we still suffer. This strategy of erasing the wrong parts of the equation by willpower is too oversimplified, producing the usual solution to this contradictory dilemma: to make spirituality a function of the brain as if that organ is the seat of the human soul. Our preference has become fixed or medicates the brain, and the problem is solved. Only a mob could have produced such highly oversimplified thinking.
Psychology Defines Who Owns Our Souls
We have always tried to explain ourselves most fundamentally as a physical entity. All of our parts can be traced to some aspect of the body. We avoid imagining that we might be what religion still insists upon for many; an otherworldly creature with a core nature that isn’t human or tangible but is instead what might legitimately be regarded as a metaphysical spirit. The human spirit that will evolve in the new century will belong not to God but entirely to us. Transcendental will not mean surviving death and rising into heaven. It will mean instead existing only in this life, but in the process, rising above physical limitations to achieve a new secular dimension of human nature (our transcendental spirit) that is traditionally understood as a part of religion belonging to God.
Indeed, we are the only entity in the world that goes beyond primal self-awareness to be fully conscious of itself and so much more upon several levels, allowing us to create all of our electrical marvels. It’s the spiritual life of the mind, heart, imagination, intuition, and so on, which refers to our true soul – the human psyche – and all of its significant aspects that allow us to comprehend and apply so much of what goes on around us.
However, there is a significant obstacle that we must overcome before we can reach our aim. Our passion for social experience is founded upon our firm belief that two or more people together are better than one. When the situation is precisely the contrary, our individualism is the beauty of the human species. All-new original things come from one person at a time. That wisdom is only imitated by groups of any size when reduced to the lowest common denominator. Groups pollute everything they come into contact with. It’s both their virtue – providing us with a break – and their main evil – lowering our genius to mob wisdom.
The Power Embedded in A Single Soul Is Enormous
Unlike traditional religion, which partakes in the spiritual as a social event, being individually inventive leaves us fearfully alone with this supernatural spiritual power. This is probably why we have always perceived human understanding and its spiritual power to come from the group. When the truth is that the power of the human psyche comes entirely from being individual. However, we like to pretend that it originates in groups of all kinds, cultural, workplace, etc. So, we don’t have to experience being alone with it.
When nothing happens in our collective experience, that isn’t simply an imitation of what we already know as individuals. That group celebration can be encouraging, supportive, and fun. We perceive the social group as something even more powerful – a parental force designed to guide us to higher places – the “moral majority” – in our anxiety of being independent and alone as spiritual beings. When this thing is a headless monster, we give it ahead by offering leadership; yet, this is essentially a ruse no matter how intelligent that person is. The issue is that organizations do not deliberate before acting. And while leaders don’t change that, we regard them as if their thought efforts can make groups feel and achieve change.
The Soul Possess The Strongest Innovative Power
Anything new is hatched only in individual minds. Altogether, we treat groups, including, and most particularly corporations, with far too much reverence; and unique people with far too much mistrust and abuse. When groups of all kinds may sometimes respect individuals, at least to some extent, they will devour them the next day as they have done the previous day. For instance, in economic depressions and in war – both of which have happened for centuries.
Groups produce group talk; in essence, all the various forms of social science that define us as a collective entity walking in the same footsteps, having the same motives and needs that can be implemented in the same political rhetoric or acts. In the meantime, what’s going on between the group and the individual is a relationship of mistrust. Groups regard individual differences and the dissonances they produce as growing pains, as potentially criminal, if for no other reason than simply by being centered-in-self – “selfish” is the usual accusing term.
The True Aim of Psychology
Psychology is changing the way people are talked about. It replaces the discussion of people and their problems in the aggregate, as a mob moving through time, describing people as having internal conflicts that motivate their behaviors. So far, these internal conflicts have been perceived pathologically, which strongly implies that contradictions within human character border upon some form of deviance or criminality, politely discussed as “illness.” Instead of being perceived in a larger view as legitimate aspects of the human psyche’s evolution, our souls work out their growing pains, including symptoms such as hallucination and dissociation (see the article “Is Hallucination Normal” and others). These internal contradictions have more private parts than features in common with others – our usual way of talking about each other for centuries.
The enormous benefit of addressing human problems in their particular form is challenging to comprehend. The eradication of violence is the most obvious benefit of this new technique of dealing with human misery. The amount to which people confront their emotional experience inside rather than inflicting it socially on some subject or cause indicates the period during which violence has been somewhat conquered.
We will eventually recognize that studying the self as an ecosystem with both positive and opposing components is the most significant type of education we will ever pursue or complete. This self-learning will no longer carry the stigma of “disease” and hence will no longer be referred to as “psychotherapy.” Instead, it will become the cornerstone of all education, underpinning all other forms of inquiry with the wisdom of self-awareness.
psychology of the soul reveals so much about who we are?
Psychology of the soul in the 21st century will define the human soul as unique and powerful alone. The extent to which these wonders in the human soul can be explored is based on the fact that there is more power and more reward in collaborative work. Psychology will try to define an utterly liberal understanding of human nature in which the answers to the world’s problems are to be found in individuals.
\ We will begin to find a solution in the souls of people around us. In the end, war will be irrelevant to the process of problem-solving in human affairs. Let’s stop trying to solve our problems with group talk and start treating whatever problems we struggle with as belonging intimately to each one of us. We can help each other, but only if we accept and acknowledge responsibility for our actions. The new psychology perceives human dysfunction as an internal event, not an external one. That ancient group perspective is what has always made us so violence-prone. They won’t be any need for war again across the world. The new psychology places so much value on the power of the individual’s soul and leverage on the substantial benefits of a synergy of multiple minds.