The cause of anxiety is not simply chemistry, traumatic occasions, hereditary predisposition, a bad childhood etc., that is why absolutely nothing truly works against it, and depression is galloping. I have an absolutely various take on it. Excuse me the long text, I normally prefer little, simple explanations, however it is very important to comprehend and explore this important plague on mankind and our lifestyle adequately.
Depression and associated mental conditions are so essential that the World Health Organization, the world’s foremost authority on human health, has actually declared a state of emergency situation and a call to arms to all the Health ministries and all scientists to fight an epidemic that they project will overcome heart problem as the number one killer, the number one expense to societies and economies and the primary hinderance to human quality of life and wellness by2025 This epidemic is anxiety and associated mental disorder, and they openly declare that they have no concept regarding why it is expanding so fast or what to do about it. Why is it spreading at such a phenomenal rate, ending up being humankind’s greatest health risk?
Since the introduction of modern psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and psychiatric therapy simply 120 years back, the practices have dominated the world and formed a multibillion dollar industry in conjunction with the massive pharmaceutical industry for mental health drugs where lots of, such as Prozac and Valium have become household names. Countless people live lives where their diminish and prescription medication kinds parts of their routine, and the proliferation of therapists is not limited to the richest countries, Buenos Ayres in Argentina being the city with the most psychotherapists per capita by a huge margin. In addition to traditional treatment there is an ever more popular alternative recovery industry with workshops and retreats changing conventional vacations for an ever growing audience. Why is it getting worse rather than better given that the world is putting increasingly more resources and effort into fixing it? Why does not anything work, why has it end up being, as many scientists call it, “The silent epidemic”? More and more syndromes emerge, such as PTSD and ADD, and in many nations people get disability benefits for anxiety, typically for a lifetime. How come all these efforts actually accelerate the epidemic of depression, instead of reduce it?
Previous epidemics such as the plague or smallpox preyed mainly on the bad and the impoverished, those without any access to clean water, health care, the ones with limited resources. The anxiety epidemic spares nobody, to the contrary, often the abundant, the lovely and the effective tend to suffer from it more than the underprivileged, as exemplified by the suicides, the detox centers and the mental concerns amongst the successful and admired elites of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. According to World Health Organization figures, the UK has the very same suicide rate as Swaziland, double that of Ghana. Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland and Ecuador share the same suicide rates at 50%higher. In the United States where the therapy, recovery and pharmaceutical markets become part of the culture, suicide rates are even greater and in wealthy countries like Sweden with the very best social care individuals kill themselves much more! Why?
Why, when according to every single United Nations fact, we as humanity have never had it so good? Regardless of standards and poverty lines rising continuously, poverty rates are dropping below 10%around the world for the very first time in human history, some type of mandatory and complimentary education for children exists in even the poorest nations along with some type of universal health care system, pension and social care systems. These concepts didn’t even exist simply a century or two ago anywhere in the world, but we are continuously enraged at their insufficiencies! More people live today in democratic regimes than in authoritarian routines than whenever in human history, fundamental human rights are acknowledged and appreciated in more nations than ever before, less people are homeless than ever prior to and there are less individuals associated with wars in the last fifty years than any other time in history. Slavery is less than ever with even the most fanciful estimates by anti-slavery motions claiming it to be less than 0,7%of the population, consisting of all kinds of indenture or forced labor in totalitarian programs. Just a century and a half ago the number was 13%in the United states, 2 centuries ago it was 25%and two and a half thousand years ago in informed ancient Athens, the innovator of democracy, slaves made up over 85%of the population. Slavery was legal in most of the world a number of hundred years earlier, and females not just had no rights to vote however it was debated whether they even had souls! Life span has actually increased around the world by over 70%in the last century alone and numerous health problems that were lethal are now treated easily by the advances of medical sciences in a regular style, including things as exotic as organ transplants! The web supplies all the world’s knowledge to everyone, whereas prior to it was only the privileged couple of who had access to it.
Why then, is there so much discontentment and anguish about the world and mankind, why do many people struggle with a continuous worry and sense of foreboding, stress and anxiety, anger and depression? Why are we so judgmental of human civilization and ourselves despite our amazing development from violent hunters, scavengers and cavemen having a hard time to make it through every day simply a few thousand years ago? And if we are so concerned and doing so much and devoting so many resources to our mental health, why are we so badly stopping working?
I propose that the factors lie in what every kind of recovery and treatment, whether standard or alternative concentrate on: Injury. Finding injury, uncovering trauma, reassuring trauma, accepting injury, reducing trauma. We have proof that they are all barking up the incorrect tree. How can one heal an illness if its causes are misunderstood? Actually, by putting the emphasis on trauma, we are producing a prevalent victim mentality and culture, feeding the issue. Many individuals without any apparent injury are motivated by psychologists to find something, typically feeling the need to invent or aggrandize injury in order to comprehend why they feel so bad when absolutely nothing appears incorrect with their lives!
I am proposing a completely different cause for depression, based upon two acknowledged scientific principles in order to comprehend depression and combat this epidemic that is becoming the top risk to humankind.
The very first one is Social psychologist Leon Festinger’s Cognitive Harshness Theory, lying mainly undeniable for the last 60 years and taught at virtually every psychology and psychiatry course worldwide. In psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental tension or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more inconsistent beliefs, ideas, or worths at the exact same time; performs an action that is contradictory to their beliefs, concepts, or values; or is challenged by brand-new details that conflicts with existing beliefs, concepts or worths. In short, internal contradiction, paradox, causes distress.
The 2nd scientific principle, a lot more widely understood and accepted is the specifying influence of beliefs on our thoughts, emotions, automatic reactions and physical bodies. The placebo effect is recognized by all, and no drug can get approval by the authorities unless it passes extensive placebo trials. A lot of drugs that have gone through years of animal, scientific and human trials fail at the placebo trials, and the power of propaganda, brainwashing, caused fanaticism, brain cleaning and advertising has actually been acknowledged since the start of human civilization. Everybody understands what a great pep talk can attain, and in every sports motion picture there is a minute when an inspiring speech or an insight turns losing groups into winners. Individuals walk on fire unhurt, and perform remarkable tasks aided by their beliefs, while others fall ill because of them. In the last couple of years scientists have actually been experimenting and focusing on the determining effect of our belief systems over our thoughts, emotions and bodies, and many, like biologist Bruce Lipton who through numerous books and especially “The Biology of Belief”, go so far as to propose that our beliefs not only identify our ideas, emotions, chemistry and physiology however can even change our DNA.
Every computer or automated device is governed by an os, a core set of guidelines that figure out how it will view, act and react. In all living beings, including humans obviously, the os is comprised of instructions inscribed either through impulse and genes, life experiences and learning from parents and other comparable life forms, or through simulating habits that appear to be effective. Every life kind’s os, the directions that identify what it will feel, believe or how it will react, are simply conscious or instinctual, unconscious beliefs about what many serves each being’s survival and wellbeing. All other animals however, do not experience shame, guilt, regret, social angst, absence of self-worth, depression. This is because the belief systems of all other beings are not paradoxical, they hold little or no contradiction.
But human belief systems are exceptionally paradoxical; all biologists agree that recreation is necessary for life to exist, and so is a sense of self, for the purposes of self-preservation, in order for each life form to have as a top priority their needs to consume, drink, prevent threat and so on, however at the same time every single human belief system, every faith, every culture vilifies sexuality, declares it a sin, something base, repellent, immoral, filthy and every belief system damns similarly the sense of self, the ego. Altruism is the greatest virtue and self-sacrifice the most exceptional act, while selfishness is the most horrible accusation. When it comes to sexuality once again, our greatest sin and shame, it can be permitted just under a wide variety of guidelines, if it is discreet and if no one enjoys it inordinately, lest they be called unclean, promiscuous or sluts. Is it a paradox if functions and attributes intrinsic to life and intrinsic in every human being and every other life kind are considered bad? What about paradoxes such as “make yourself proud, make your family proud, make your country happy” and at the very same time “pride is one of the seven fatal sins, and humbleness is the best virtue”? Make yourself proud but be modest!
What about “it is too excellent to be true” significance absolutely nothing excellent can be true, or “it is too basic to be true”, suggesting truth is only something complicated that you can never comprehend? How paradoxical is that? The list is unlimited.
I propose that depression and associated mental disorders do not occur because of injury, as everybody believes, but since of cumulative cognitive dissonance of enormous percentages that rises strongly to the surface the more our standard survival concerns are resolved. Anxiety, stress and anxiety, lack of self-respect, victimhood, anger and anguish keep becoming worse regardless of our advances since the perpetrator is not injury, it is paradoxical belief systems that pervade human civilization as a whole.
Is it possible to not feel guilty and embarrassed if everything we naturally feel and experience requirements to be camouflaged and hidden lest we face social condemnation and ostracism? And even if we successfully hide our fundamental and important selfishness and sexuality from others, how can we hide it from ourselves? Is it possible to not feel blind anger and stress and anxiety if nothing makes good sense and everything in our belief systems, our operating systems is paradoxical?
Years of research study into the paradoxes, where they stem from, and their function has actually led to Choice OS, an open source totally adjustable os for humans created for joy as the default condition rather than distress, misery, fear, shame, guilt, anger and desperation through the elimination of internal contradictions and disputes. You can find out more about this effort at The course to Homo Delectus
The excellent theorist Aristotle, 2300 years ago announced that happiness is the only possible function and goal of life since it is the only goal that is an end by itself. Everything else we aim for, cash, success, power, acknowledgment, love, relationship, accomplishment we want in order to enjoy, however happiness is its own end.
What about an operating system created particularly to be paradox totally free for the purpose of joy?
Isn’t it time someone attempted something different than prescription medication and years of counselling and treatment?