The rise of psychiatric anxiety and the loss of history

You see, the trouble is that nobody understands these things apparently.

oh damn wow ah
Jung was pretty much a polymath, but that man had a great sense of humour.

It seems quite strange to me that one doesn’t see what an education without the humanities is doing to man. He loses his connection with his family, his connection with his whole past—the whole stem, the tribe —that past in which man has always lived. We think that we are born today tabula rasa without a history, but man has always lived in the myth. To think that man is born without a history within himself— that is a disease. It is absolutely abnormal, because man is not born every day. He is born into a specific historical setting with specific historical qualities, and therefore, he is only complete when he has a relation to these things. If you are growing up with no connection from the past, it is like being born without eyes and ears and trying to perceive the external world with accuracy. Natural science may say, “You need no connection with the past; you can wipe it out,” but that is a mutilation of the human being. Now I saw from a practical experience that this kind of proceeding has a most extraordinary therapeutic effect. I can tell you such a case.

There was a Jewish girl. Her father was a banker. She had been educated more through worldly experience and formal education, and was decidedly lacking in any understanding of tradition. I examined her history further and found out that her grandfather had been an ascetic in Galicia. With this insight, I knew the whole story, and let me explain why. This particular girl suffered from phobia, a terrible phobia, and had been under psychoanalytic treatment already with no effect. She was really badly plagued by that phobia, in excited states and so on. I observed that this girl had blocked significant influences of her past. For instance, the fact that her grandfather was an ascetic, that he lived in the myth, was one influence she had blocked. Her father too had resisted this ascetic influence. So I simply told her, “You will stamp out your fears if you gain insight into what you have lost or are resisting. Your fear is the fear of the influences from the past.” You know, the effect was that within a week she was cured from so many years of bad anxiety states, because this insight went through her like a lightning bolt. I was able to interpret the source of the problem so quickly because I knew that she was absolutely lost. She thought she was in the middle of things, functioning well, but actually she was in a sense lost or gone.

Evans:  What can we learn from this remarkable case, Dr. Jung?

Jung:  Well, it illustrates that it makes no sense and that our existence is incomplete when we are just “average numbers.” The more you make people into average numbers, the more you destroy our society. The “ideal state” and the “slave state” come into being. If you want to be an “average number,” go to Russia. There it is wonderful; there you can be a number. But one pays very dearly; our whole life goes to blazes, like in the case of the girl. I have plenty of cases of a similar kind.

ah who knows mystery shrug eva green pfft haha

I need to stop fancying dead guys.
I recommend his biography, unlike most of the genre, it isn’t boring.

Video: Why do young people fake mental illness? Laziness

This discussion is important. Why are the number of claims in excess of the real ill?

  • Absolution of responsibility.
  • Victim cred, can be exchanged for a career as Professional Victim.
  • A bulletproof excuse.
  • Argument winner (that’s low, mentally ill people are conflict-avoidant in the first place).

n.b. The people who went to a therapist in good faith, told the truth and were among the overdiagnosed who actually have nothing wrong with themselves? You have my sympathy. You were let down. You should be glad you aren’t ill, you don’t have a disease. The therapist in a position of trust let you down, they weren’t being objective and you should consider suing, especially if you were on harmful medications. I don’t address you herein. You go away, you do you honeys. I’m here if you wanna vent.

rdj claps applause mhmm

The people who think it’s like picking out sweets to excuse their personal failings going through the DSM and self-diagnosing, with no training or background, who refuse to see a professional or listen to someone objective or lie to the therapist? For personal gain? No personal suffering unless you count being insufferable to those around you? Fuck you. That’s disgusting. It’s the mental equivalent of pretending to be disabled.

Most people can’t be mentally ill. The abnormal cannot be the norm, it’s an oxymoron and mathematically impossible.

Often, the fakers, ignoring Munchausen which would be deeply ironic, present their character flaws as a clinical problem because they were raised to rely upon the authority of the Medical Model instead of their parents. This is why Freud started out as a surgeon and brought in childhood stuff, recently validated in epigenetics.

However, your past doesn’t excuse your present if you aren’t literally ill. Medical test, brain scan ill. Positive psychology is for normal people who want to self-improve, the self-improvement sector stems from this line of theoretical thought. You aren’t ill, you’re capable of change and your brain is plastic. Well done.

Those with the temerity to self-diagnose (ignoring the people whose parasites gaslight them into believing they’re ill for personal gain, those parasite people in your social sphere might be ill themselves ironically) even avoid the clinical responsibility to work on their “disorder”. This is vital. A mental illness causes suffering. You want to do the work. For years. Decades. Forever. You want the pain to stop. You want to be “better”. Absence of this desire (barring anhedonia, you can test for) is …alarming.

Patients have as much responsibility for their condition as their therapist. This is what they mean by “You have to want XYZ” because you work together, you work with them. This differs from regular medicine unless you count the niche of lifestyle factors, and the fakes have trouble with this fact for obvious reasons. They hate standards.

Mental illness is for life, and then comes the liar’s rejection of the whole shebang because hard work is hard.

They skip appointments out of laziness, they refuse medication knowing and sometimes openly complaining it does nothing (regular patients want it to do something). Having any illness and following any prescribed work is hard work, and you can spot those people like red flags in a sea of white when they start acting up with their character flaws and pretending to be without agency when it’s convenient (a chorus of – I can’t! I can’t! I can’t!) or that they can’t be at fault or blamed for anything because Condition. Real mentally ill people are mortified at this abuse of their illness for expedience and never do it. This is a known problem when they take on too much, refusing to acknowledge the limits of their condition from pure motive: they try too hard. Often for the sake of loved ones. Sometimes they break down and grudgingly admit their condition was the cause of some problem or perceived failing, but surely observers can see the difference between the real deal and the fakes?

Some bad therapists use these fake people like cash cows, knowingly diagnosing them to either 1. make them go away foisted onto someone else or 2 make money off the diagnosis (yes, they do) and the pills (whether they’re taken or not). This is part of the reason we have personality disorders, treated in spite of the acknowledgement they can never be treated (go team logic). Essentially, their job is to stop the character flaws harming those around the cause, nothing about protecting the cause themselves.

Around the Turn of the Century, psychology went from discussion of character to personality. Personality is often nonsense, useful for hiring and other practical applications but clinically invalid. Character is about building up and working on skills and yourself. It’s a maturation process of growth anathema to the Millennials this in-authenticity afflicts in particular. The 20th century chose the easier convenience approach to Self and has been regretting it ever since. It doesn’t bloody work.

A great therapist hurts your feelings for your own good.

That is their job. They don’t tiptoe around your problems so you’ll be a good feeding trough. They want results.

They aren’t an adult nanny. They aren’t Mary Poppins of the Mind. You aren’t supposed to like them, that’s child psychologists for literal children (owing to the lack of maturation again).
They have more in common with Hannibal Lecter. They will go deeper into your psyche than you are comfortable with and extract the worst pain, watch you cry, be truly vulnerable, then comfort you and help you move on from it productively. You become a better person in their hands because they force you to become one, they mold you into a better version of yourself.

Yeah that’s all I can say on the subject of fakery without getting angry and unprofessional.

Drugs #101: Addiction and Physical Dependence

They’re completely separate things.
A drug is a typically organic substance that can impair physiological functioning or kill when given to the healthy population and a drug as medicine is a chemical composition that will repair your improper bodily functioning or you will die without it in an individual body, long term. Addicts may develop non-medicinal physical dependence but medically-obligated physical dependents are not addicts per se.

A drug user with medical physical dependence only can take a processed form of their medicine without the psychological effects (commonly a high) very happily whereas an addict would require the high, the specific form of drug is merely a trigger for the brain created by past memories of use by the amygdala. These extreme-intensity usage memories create many of the symptoms of withdrawal (psychosomatic) and delude the brain into believing it genuinely needs the drug e.g. claims marijuana is as healthy as a vitamin and the push to normalize (the societal danger of addict populations, social contagion and acceptability).

The sole cause of addiction beyond a doubt is beginning use in the first place. It is impossible to be addicted to (or physically dependent on) a substance the body (and brain) has never experienced. This is a self-selecting type of stupidity (hubris/arrogance) regularly found in teenagers (immature prefrontal cortex) because such users do not think or disbelieve their mind could be compromised by addiction. Their brains already create this illusion to necessitate the anticipated reward (high) prior to initial use or they wouldn’t take it (such as the processed form with no high). The foolproof layman method to test for addiction is simple: substance deprivation for a year. Prepare for a list of excuses.

A physical dependency is often created by doctors to treat patients with chronic conditions, usually chronic pain symptoms (ongoing). Addicts try to ape this category (some sincerely, others deceptively) but are increasingly thwarted by processed (reward-weakened) variants of their poison. Specific advocates for drug legalization ignore the essential fact of escalation and compensation. As part of the brain’s hedonic treadmill, it craves increasingly more of the reward from use, compelling drug users to harder toxins (harder reward, creating deeper addiction and physical damage) and this is the biological component of addiction that makes the habitual behaviour of use so challenging to physically extinguish from the brain.

Physical dependency creates withdrawal symptoms too but the patient’s individual physical needs (inc. not dying) and substance type distinguish this from addicts e.g. insulin to a diabetic.The human brain is connected to facilitate the reward response feedback loops because they are evolutionally guided by the basic needs to survive (food, water, sex) and this is why there is no such thing as a food addict, water addict or sex addict, merely people with impulse control issues seeking a social ‘displacement of responsibility’. Beyond these essential elements for the sustenance of our individual life and species general, anything chemical creating a vacuous boost in the reward system is a drug, whether you like it or not. Drug users resent the stigma for their activities whether or not their poison is legal (ethanol/alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, cocaine etc) because the positive emotional response loop (dopamine, serotonin release) caused by their usage memories creates defensive dissonance when challenged by non-users. Even polite persistent enquiry can sometimes trigger a psychotic episode where the patient is completely detached from reality and VERY DANGEROUS. This is why trained professionals intervene. In the latter stages, the drug/s become integrated into personal identity and extraction or therapeutic measures become unlikely to resolve the issue without constant medical care (rehabilitation facilities). Moreover, this reduces the risk of sudden death caused by the somatic shock of going ‘clean’ and allows overall physiological strength to be built up (reverse what the drugs did) while the problem is gradually resolved.

If a substance exists in a natural form within, say, a foodstuff, it is not addictive because food reward circuits are natural and normal and can never be extinguished. This is why milk (dairy), sugar, chocolate, chilli, coffee and caffeine ‘addiction’ is a misnomer. However, a person habitually needing a purified artificial version of these may constitute a non-medical physical dependence or perhaps a behavioural addiction e.g. alcoholism. Behavioural addictions require holistic (whole life) perspective for diagnosis e.g. someone who works online cannot be an internet addict if those hours online constitute their occupation (add to their success and life) and they can easily disconnect for a while. Behavioural addictions where they do exist are more accurately termed compulsions and relate to personality disorders or obsessions created by unmet needs. Substitution is the norm where one behaviour is broken, another is taken up. Social contagion is a significant factor for poor impulse control. Behavioural or result-based addictions when positive are discounted for lack of stigma nor bodily harm e.g. ‘high’ grades, promotion (power/status boost), painting. However, they can display withdrawal symptoms from endogenous neurotransmittor levels e.g. low serotonin creates acute compulsiveness completing the cycle to repeat a rewarding behaviour and low dopamine creates psychomotor agitation including pacing and fidgeting, also apathy, chosen social isolation and anhedonia (nothing is enjoyable and everything fast becomes boring).


By most definitions, Sherlock Holmes is not an addict. However, he qualifies as an addictive personality with a high arousal threshold and high need for cognition.

By most definitions, Sherlock Holmes is not an addict. However, he qualifies as an addictive personality with a high arousal threshold and excessively superhuman high need for cognition.

Related terms: Dosage Response Curve and (innate) Arousal Thresholds causative of addictive personality tendency.

Post inspired by this video, Sherlock Holmes’ withdrawal symptoms

Mark the positive addiction withdrawal symptoms from endogenous behaviour-triggered stimulation.

And yes, you can be addicted to love.