I have been working on a Psychology related project that analyses an idea of dissociation between our brains and some of our physical organs. The actual work will, hopefully, be published soon, but before getting to that point, I wanted to have some feedback from you guys out there– as readers and observers.
I hope you enjoy reading this and your feedback would be definitely appreciated.
Thank you 🙂
Freud had his own definition of the conscious mind, which we have discussed in the first part of this book. He has definitely influenced the world of Psychoanalysis and he has offered us some very valuable, and even controversial, theories that had certainly took us one step closer to understanding the Human mystery of Psychology. Freud, however, has not offered any real explanation for what I call the effect of the ambitious-dreamy mind. Thus, what I will do is to first define this phenomenon and then illustrate this definition through real life experiences.
The phenomenon shortly consists of basing life on one single goal—or dream—that you are willing to achieve. The implementation of this idea in the human mind reaches some level of depth that it controls the tiniest acts and gests that the human being may perform. Everything is programmed according to this goal, and at some point, when the brain is exhausted, functional problems can occur; at this point, some actions, no matter how simple they may be, could take a relatively long time to be processed by the brain, and the dissociation between the mind and the moving parts of the human body, in this case, becomes a very normal consequence. I am only interested in the effects of this kind of thoughts on the manifestation of our every-day-life and on the different directions our lives can take.
The way our brains and minds function in association with our bodies to administer an action seems to be protected against misperformance within the limits of normal function, but it is different with cases of ambitious-dreamy-minds.
The dissociation between the thoughts of our minds and the acts of our bodies can reach and can affect all sorts of human actions. In fact, depending on our depth of thinking, extent of analysis and degree of fear—or fatigue—the first demonstration of this temporary functional dissociation reveals itself and appears in the momentary loss of concentration on the performance of the simplest acts. To demonstrate this concept, allow me to refer to these two examples that I have extracted from my own journey of life:
The first one is a conversation.
Few months ago I was leaving the campus after a long working day, when I accidently came across one of the professors in the campus, who as I have noticed, was very knowledgeable in philosophy. We were talking about the tiring routine of life when we were unintentionally drifted to the social nature of the different generations in the present day. He was very passionate about explaining the effects of knowledge repression and creativity prevention on the crippled development of our generation—of my generation. He asserted his view by quietly criticizing the state of mind that most of our generation is struggling to deal with: “…there are many passionate and ambitious minds, but most of them are very dreamy. No coordination between the active mind and the actions—the dissociation is very unfortunate…if you don’t control this state then it would be just a matter of time for it to control you.”
The second one is a concentration-gap.
As I have grown-up reading different genres of books, I have, now, found myself to be specifically very attached to philosophy-psychology volumes. And so there is one particular bookstore that I used to order books from. All I do is order the books and my father is the one who picks them for me. That night, I ordered two books from a different bookstore, one that I’m not used to order from. My father went all the way to the usual one before calling me to demur my absent-mindedness for not informing him that I have ordered the books from a different store this time. After calling him, the first time, I had a very clear image in my head that ensured me the importance of telling him about the change in stores. I was talking to him and I clearly visualized each of our states and images, one being at home and the other one being in the case, in case I don’t tell him about the change in stores. I saw the images of each of us passing rapidly and sequently in front of my eyes. Yet, it all happened in few seconds and I did not have the chance to say anything about this change, even though I felt that I had to and even though I wanted to.
I am deeply satisfied with living these two experiences to mention them in this section, and that is for a number of reasons. For the first example that I provided, it is fairly clear that the professor I was conversing with has introduced the topic I am investigating here. He believed that my generation is struggling with the lack of work-efficiency and with creativity limitation because of what I called the problem of the “ambitious-dreamy mind.” This, according to his view, is the direct result of a great lack, not the one of primary congenital or acquired tools, but the one of environment, an environment that is reflected on the individual by creating a clear form of incoordination between the organs of the body and the thoughts of the mind.
In the second example, there is a number of observations and interpretations that should be made, but before I make these observations, let me introduce a similar phenomenon that Sigmund Freud had talked about in his book “Psychology of Everyday Life.” I have to explain the analogies and the diversities of these two phenomena to avoid any kind of confusion—or Plagiarism!
Freud has focused on the phenomenon of memory slips, either in speech, in writing, in reading, or even in forgetting proper names and foreign words. He has concentrated on the effects of some factors, especially the outside factors of the world, on our human memory and human acts separately. The phenomenon that I am studying here, however, focuses on the dissociation of behavior and voluntarily made acts from consciousness and held-in thoughts.
At first you would think that the characterizing analogies of these two phenomena are classified under one denomination. The diversities, however, are conspicuous in nature. There, with the first phenomenon, Freud deals with faulty actions that reflect a “symbolic representation of a definite thought.” [p 179] The second phenomenon that we are focusing on, here, however, deals with the lack of thoughts’ reflections in human acts despite the presence of the thought in mind. Here is a passage from Freud’s same book that illustrates in details his subject of interest:
“(f) In chapter 8 [in this manner our faulty acts…I had taken advantage of this awkward movement]
The same example can be used to study our point of interest, but the scenario would be different to serve the purpose of our interest.
The man in the story—who is presumably Freud himself—would still tend to bring the chair for the very old uncle, but he would not be able to do it. The man would see himself doing it in a sequence of images that would cross his mind very fast. It would be a matter of seconds after which he would find himself struggling to decide whether to bring the chair or not, but he, eventually, would not do it as he would realize that it is too late to make any act by then—even though the man would have had seen the normally reasonable consequences of his intended act as part of the quickly appearing sequence of thoughts in his head.
Another example that illustrates the exact symptoms of this phenomenon is the following: I was a math major for while, during the last years of high school. I was waiting, one morning, for the math-exam papers to be distributed. I knew I was well prepared, and my professor believed I was well prepared, as I have been solving some challenging problems with a remarkable level of ease and brilliance. I had the paper, and after few questions (the first couple of ones) I stopped writing. At that point, I was completely incapable of writing down the solutions. I could clearly and easily solve the presented problem in my mind. I would see the progress of the resolution in my mind, but it would appear sequently very fast that I would not be able to move a finger or write anything down—except for the final result.
This last example illustrated a case of complete dissociation between my thoughts and the action of my hand. I could not write a single letter of the solution even though my brain was clearly perceiving it. The psychological state of accelerating fear and nervousness would augment the intensity of this dissociation—in this particular case.
Freud, therefore, concentrates his main study on interpreting the unconscious intentions that cause some acts and mistakes—like confusing names, slipping… Our curiosity, however, endeavors to explore the mismatch between the thought and the supposedly corresponding action at a time when the individual has seen a sequence flash of the act and its consequence(s) in mind—or in some cases the steps of performing the act itself. Freud was interested in forgetting and memorizing; I am interested in coordinating between the mind and the body-parts.
I am not a licensed physician, neither am I a certified psychoanalyst. I am just a passionate observer and an active analyst who likes to ask some psychology-related questions and answer them through contemplation of individuals in life. The examples that I have disposed of previously have led me to make the following observations:
A/ Factors like fear, fatigue or stress worsen the state (also referred to as feeling) of temporary illusional paresis that the individual can experience. This is not of anything unusual, as the above-mentioned elements are of negative effects on any human state. Ambition, and some degree of intelligence, however, are two unusual characteristics to worsen or deepen such a negative feeling.
It is clearly a first glance observation that ambition is a characteristic that all of the characters in the mentioned examples share.
Ambition as a noun is defined as a “strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.” But for the purpose of our interest we will consider it as the desire of the human mind to advance from one goal to another. For people who are characterized by this quality, the body is always searching for a way to adapt to the mind’s demanding and challenging tasks. For me, I have always been willing to leave some kind of intellectual legacy in this world; that is what explains my thirst for reading and that is what highlights the experiences that I have lived facing the state of illusional paresis. For the other example that I used, in which Freud was the character in focus, you are in complete disposal of my insurance that the man who said the following words was driven by ambition in life: “A man like me cannot live without a hobby-horse, a consuming passion—in Schiller’s words a tyrant. I have found my tyrant, and in his service I know no limits.” He said these words in reference to Psychology. (Sigmund Freud, Letter to William Fless, 1895)
This, however, is not to say that every ambitious mind leads its master to an illusional state of temporary paresis—or what we previously called temporary dissociation between the mind and parts of the body (hands and legs usually). This state is aroused by the deep unconditional belief in the one goal that the person’s mind is willing to achieve. That one goal becomes the main guide of all of the person’s conscious or coincidental acts to the point that the unconscious mind (where the idea of the main goal resides) becomes much more apparent in actions and acts compared to normal individuals.
[This idea is further investigated in the actual book]
Every reader of Sigmund Freud’s volumes and observations would notice that this psychoanalyst tends to find a sexual interpretation for every unusual, accidental, intentional human act or even for dreams. This, however, can appear to be very exaggerated as I will provide you with a different interpretation for an example that I have previously mentioned and that Freud referred to in his book. This interpretation is going to have the concept of the temporary illusional paresis that we are discussing as a base of analysis…
B/ A feeling of guilt and short unease; that’s what usually follows this brief experience of dissociation, and what Freud experienced immediately after the chair incident is the best proof of it. It is very normal for the human body to make a random reaction—such as reaching for the girl’s lap in this particular case—to “reconnect” with the brain. This reaction is usually the wake up call for the brain to slow down and take a short break. Think about it this way; the brain is too exhausted processing the one goal that the individual is willing to reach. It becomes a sort of an addiction that the brain tries to relate every move and every single act to this one goal. The human brain, however, as an organ, does not require that much of a time to process such events—like the chair-grabbing- one—usually. But, when this happens, it is simply a sign of exhaustion; you should take a step back and enjoy a short break—but by this I never mean giving up!