The Search for Emotional Health: Part 2 of 2
Returning to the main theme of religious intolerance, please understand that I am not belittling or challenging laudable Christian principles of behaviour, but simply pointing out how a powerful one-eyed body can retard the development of knowledge. In our own case, Causism™ is challenged by the beliefs and dogma of not only Psychology, but all extant emotional health regimes. Psychology is even protected by legislation in some countries. On reflection that is the gist of this article, for Causism™ quite overtly challenges the entrenched ideas of current emotional health regimes. There are numerous emotional health methodologies in society, but one for one they concentrate on manifestation and not cause. I can only repeat, “nothing happens without a cause.”
Although Wundt erroneously ignored the spiritual component of we humans he must be given credit for also ignoring the traditional thinking that dominated western civilisation. In ignoring the spiritual side of life all his work was predicated by or based upon the belief that the human species was activated and driven by outside stimuli. If today, he were to read about Identities and Triggers he would probably say, “Of course, of course! That is what I meant by outside stimuli.” To him “outside” meant separate from the body, but more fundamentally and on a broader scale, it means separated from the psyche.
One of Wundt’s American students, Baldwin, is credited with giving psychology its new definition. But it was Wundt, who correctly recognised the difficulty of quantifying the human spirit, whereas human behaviour offered an endless source of valid material. Even his recognition of the impossibility of quantifying the human spirit was in itself a tacit recognition that such an entity was a factor of life. In denying the existence of the psyche on one hand and making judgements about it on the other, indicates that he was indeed “a mixed up kid!” hell bent of justifying his ideas. He also recognised that philosophy consisted of ideas and concepts and was devoid of any specific scientific definitions, whereas a science implied specific definitions relating to the world in which we lived; the material universe. His original training was in medicine in which subject he graduated, but his interest shifted to philosophy and in particular, the branch of that subject named psychology, with its then definition as a study of the human psyche.
Based in Leipzig, he considered that psychology needed to be recognised as a science and was instrumental in setting up laboratories of experimental psychology to achieve that aim. At that time Germany was considered to be a leader in matters of science and attracted the attention of Americans such Stanley Hall who became Wundt’s first American student. On graduating he returned home and whilst working at John Hopkins University established The American Journal of Psychology. Leipzig became a Mecca for this new “science” and many other Americans flocked there. Armed with their graduate PhDs they were absorbed into the American tertiary education system. Funded by philanthropists such as Carnegie and Rothschild, psychology blossomed in the USA and why today it wields such influence, not only in America, but also across the globe.
It is into this powerhouse of opinion and influence that Causism™, along with its practical component the Mace Energy Method, with its challenging concepts and ideas has intruded. It is appropriate to repeat the exhortation, “Do not confuse me with facts, my mind is made up!” As expressive as these words are they are examples of Causism’s™ contention that despite popular belief, the mind cannot think. It has remarkable abilities, but thinking, rationalising and decision-making are not among them.
There is no doubt that in the present climate, challenging psychology head on is bound to fail, so the solution is obviously with a grass roots approach, in other words it is a numbers game in the public arena. Apart from that, on a more positive note and drawing on an old saying, “Hope burns eternal in the human breast”, somewhere down the track is a person of note who will heed Causism’s™ research and examine its body of knowledge and experience without using a jaundiced eye.
One cannot help but draw a similarity between the power wielded by the Christian church during the Middle Ages and psychology today. Having stated that, it is appropriate to repeat this earlier passage: I am not belittling or challenging laudable Christian principles of behaviour, but simply pointing out how a powerful one-eyed body can retard the development of knowledge.