Just a little psychology humor to lighten the mood.
Freud gets a bad wrap for having linked a lot of dysfunctions with sexual desires for one’s mother. And sure, the guy was on a lot of drugs and said a lot of shit we dismiss, but the basis of his exploration into one’s childhood as the cause of dysfunctions remains relevant today.
I was stricken today by the sheer discernment in someone asking me a simple question, “When did that start?” I was indulging on a personal fault and cognitive dissonance that I am struggling with changing. The question broke me from my dissonance and sent me searching for the first cause, the ground zero of the cognitive catastrophe. When did it start, indeed?
Clearly, in my childhood. Which got me thinking, just how many of our poor behavior, emotional handicaps, and intellectually shortfalls have roots in our upbringing? I have to, also, give credit to “Spinning for Difficulty”‘s comment on for bringing up concerns of parents creating cognitive dissonance in their children’s minds through religious indoctrination. So please go and engage this person as well, because the wisdom therein was inspiring.
Upon reflection, I believe if one can return to their “ground zero,” their initial cause, then one can begin to mend, heal, and change.
Do you agree? PTSD patients have shown great improvement, after all, by returning to the trauma inflicted and facing it. Surely, many of us have these “traumas” in our life, small yet powerful, that gently pushed us in the direction of whatever dysfunction we ended up in.