Human Destiny. Those circumstances, environments, and eras we are born into that shape our ultimate life success. Can man help his destiny along or change it in anyway? Or is he doomed to failure because of the proclivities of his human nature? Those proclivities that are a part of the brain structure that controls repetition and base instincts and unconscious feelings. The human brain is actually three discrete brains. The part of the brain known as the hind brain, consisting of the lower part of the brainstem which comprise the cerebellum, pons, and medulla oblongata, is primarily responsible for our animal like natures. It is reptilian in nature and essentially no different from the brain of a dinosaur. It is mechanical and unconscious and is the set of what we would call instinct. Freud called it the Id, and it is where repetitive patterns and the refusal to try something new reside.
The hind brain in conjunction with the mammalian brain or the limbic brain, was the next to develop. Wrapped around the reptilian brain, the limbic system allows sight, smell and hearing to operate together, and it creates a primitive memory, what neuroscientists label implicit memory. It also makes the nurturance of offspring possible. Emotions are generated in the limbic system but do not become conscious there. To become aware of our feelings and to tie them with cognition and thoughts, we need the third brain, the cerebral cortex. Developed in only the last hundred thousand years and probably hastened in its development by the advent of language, the relatively small cerebral cortex is the center of rationality and reasoning, what analysts would call secondary process thinking. This third brain is where consciousness resides. The mammalian limbic system is the site of the unconscious functions of what Freud called the ego, while the cerebral cortex is the home of conscious ego operations and the site of morality and ethics that Freud named the super ego. It is the thinking part of our brains that allow us to change our human destinies.
This brief discussion on the three structures of the human brain, has explained to you the essential functioning parts of your brain and the key to your human destiny. Destiny can be changed, but it takes a lot of hard work and change is a painful process. Releasing old feelings and confronting unconscious memories is a painful process most people soon choose to avoid. It is a lot easier to just stay the same with no brow sweat or tears. Maintain status quo and homeostatis. The limbic brain, in conjunction with the Id is where human desire is located and is the emotional center for generating our feelings; envy, lust, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. But in order to recognize and change our emotional states, emotional feelings need to be turned into language so that we can bridge the gap from unawareness to full recognition so that we may come to understand why we are experiencing these emotions, what we should do about them, and most importantly, why we are having them. This is something good parents teach very young children to learn, but it may surprise you how many people avoid or have neither been properly taught on how to recognize emotional feelings. Avoid painful feelings helps with coping when we are dealing with painful emotions, but it is not an effective strategy. Their avoidance can set in motion malevolent destinies and behavioral patterns that our ultimately self-defeating. Anorexia is one of those diseases. Anorexia is a disease in which a young person is acting out a form of matricide on the self. Other forms of matricide are malevolent rapes. This form of malevolent destiny holds the pattern of releasing pent up anxieties and destructive sexual fantasies and projecting them onto the perpetrators victims in an expression of “killing the mother.” Although the female targets are only surrogates to the original intended target which is usually a female parent or a former female care giver.
Our emotional centers are installed and put in place during our early childhood development and it is from these early childhood experiences in which malevolent destinies spring. Theories on matricide in psychoanalysis hold the identity of these malevolent killers have had their narcissism tampered with in deranged ways. Human primary narcissism is the initial focus on the self with which all infants start and happens form around six months up to around six years of age. This primary stage, is one of the many processes of human incubation and the formation of identity and it begins the initial start of one’s future destiny. Primary narcissism is a defense mechanism that is used to protect the child from psychic damage during the formation of the individual self which fosters and creates self awareness and identity.
Words bridge the gap between the body and the mind, between the neurological and the psychological . They are a derivative, and ideational representative of instinctual forces. Talking has the potential power to evoke somatic states and bridge intra-psychic elements, thereby transforming the patient. It is both a hallmark of the rationality of secondary process thinking and a bridge to the more primitive primary process. Indeed, in the word, primary and secondary processes are reconciled. The patient’s primary process thinking is being reactivated, but he is communicating the primitive impulses in language, thus imparting to the primary process important characteristic of secondary process thinking. This is how change occurs. This is how human destinies are changed.
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