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Society, Psychology and the Tiny Brains

psychologistSometimes I can’t decide what’s worse. A tiny brain or an evil mind. An evil mind usually comes out on top, but they do say that evil and ignorance go hand in hand so it can be a tough competition between the two. Unfortunately, society – especially the education system – seems to be swarming with a good number of Tiny Brains. Moreover, these Tiny Brains often find themselves in positions of power. Now we come to an interesting equation:

Tiny Brain + Power = Disaster.

There you go. The answer to why the world is in such a state. That combined with the usually Larger Brains who use their intelligence in order to commit evil acts. Tiny Brains who are evil tend to commit the more obvious evil act – taking pleasure out of bashing someone’s head to death in public, for example. Large Evil Brains usually go a lot higher – ensuring their fortunes from hurting others is one way they go about it

Back to Tiny Brains. Take your bog-standard university graduate, for example, who just received his BA in Media, Philosophy, Politics or something of that ilk. He spends three years pursuing this pointless degree, living off a £3000 a year student loan, spends about ten hours a week studying and the rest of the time spending his loan at the Uni Bop or Uni Bar, before finally graduating. When he does, he finds it impossible to get a job, while at the same time buried under a mound of debt. He finally succeeds in attaining a job as a Customer Service Agent on £7 an hour or, for the “luckier” ones, as a pencil pusher in court who doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. This almost guffaw-worthy system is endorsed by Tiny Brains and implemented by Larger Brains who are only interested in their own selfish interests and ensuring their soul-swallowing corporations and governments continue to thrive. Of course, this will never occur to the Tiny Brain, whose motto in life is LIVE, WORK, DIE.

Society has got a number of things wrong, with the Tiny Brain being at the forefront, the unwitting pawn sent into battle by the unscrupulous royals. The Mental Health Profession is always an interesting one to look at. It seems to me that we live in an age where everyone has got a mental illness, personality disorder or some other kind of unnatural glitch in their psyche; in fact, the only people who don’t seem to have a disorder are the people with no personalities at all. As someone who can speak from an insider’s account, here is a list of the mental afflictions I’ve been diagnosed with over the years:

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I believe this is mainly due to my obsession with checking and double-checking locks, fridge doors, the oven and anything else that could result in something potentially fatal if it went wrong. (I was told there was an element of paranoia in there too; I agreed.).

Bipolar Disorder (Type 2).

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD).

It’s a miracle I’m able to function at all, isn’t it?

Probably my biggest gripe with personality disorders, mental illnesses and anything related to that side of things is the stigma and ignorance surrounding it. The implication that having a disorder automatically means there is something wrong with you really irritates me. Since when was having something wrong with you such a bad thing? It just depends on what type of ‘wrong’ it is, the good sort or the bad sort. And by whose standards exactly are we judging here? Society’s? I can’t say I’ve ever felt a particularly keen kinship with society, which swarms with Tiny Brains who believe they have a right to judge and, worse, diagnose. After all, who is actually diagnosing us? People who have no experience of what it’s like to have a ‘mental illness’ yet deem themselves fit to categorize others into the vast array of them, simply because they can wave a bit of paper around and brag of studying several years’ worth of university textbooks that tell them all they need to know? It’s a bit like saying, “Ah! In my book (that I have memorized since the dawn of time) are three personalities: Personality A, Personality B and Personality C. Personality Type C people can be very shy, withdrawn and moody. They are prone to diseases such as cancer. Hmmm … you show the symptoms of a Personality Type C person – you are going to get cancer!” I believe it was Carl Jung himself who said the following quote – a number of ‘psychological experts’ would do well to make a note of it:

“Anyone who wants to know the human psyche will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to abandon exact science, put away his scholar’s gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart through the world. There in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with a real knowledge of the human soul.”

One plus one really does equal three to people who fail to realize that the education system is meaningless unless you have the ability to think for yourself. Any idiot can be a psychiatrist as long as they’re academic – and, unfortunately, being academic does not necessarily make you intelligent. You’re a number to them, nothing more. You show symptoms of a disorder or illness that they can tick off in their trusty books, but they lack the insight to recognize that every single individual is so incredibly unique that it becomes impossible to categorize them. Then you get your ‘normal person’ who broadcasts that they have a ‘mental illness’ in order to seek attention (I’ve noticed tons of Z-list celebrities do this) and use it as a weapon to make themselves appear ‘special’. Furthermore, there’s the person with an actual ‘disorder’ who is told there’s something wrong with them and next thing you know they use this as a licence to do whatever they like. What’s to say my ‘disorders’ aren’t just an allergic reaction to society, a society that actively encourages you to be anyone but yourself? A good friend often says to me, “I don’t care if you have “bipolar” as long as you are who you are.” Such a simple, yet wise, statement. Do you wield your ‘disorder’ for good or for evil? That is the question

In my experience at university, they actively discouraged you to have original thought. Spending hours writing 1500 word essays which, in essence, were the ideas and views of other people that you had to put into your own words, does not constitute as thinking for yourself. What it does do is show people how good you are at absorbing information and then placing that information onto paper – and this is exactly what corporations seek in their ‘dreg’ roles, one which requires you to pick up a telephone and spout lots of memorized information at the person on the other end. After being continuously told by ‘worldly’ professors that my written English was extremely poor, that my opinions were bilge and to re-do every submitted essay (I failed about 80% of them the first time round) I decided I’d had quite enough of this dreadful dictatorship and realized it was time to move on. Just like breaking up with a partner who drags you down with his lofty ideals, demanding time schedule and intolerance to your own opinions, I came to realize it was the best decision I ever made.

So here’s the irony – the education system discourages you from original thought, yet in the psychological profession (indeed, most professions), original thought is everything. You have to be able to analyze each individual separately, have strong intuition about people and recognize the fact that not everyone is the same, therefore they cannot not be boxed as such. However, there are far too many Tiny Brains who think that because they a diploma hanging off their wall, it gives them a breadth of insurmountable knowledge that the rest of us pitiful minions could never begin to understand.

In my opinion, the worst type of ‘mental illness’ is evil – yes, just evil. People who are evil, selfish, out for themselves and happy to hurt others for their own gain. However, there doesn’t seem to be an ‘Evil Personality Disorder’. Many will excuse evil acts by boiling them down to poor upbringing, substance abuse, etc. etc.  You find evil people without masks, of course, but you also find them in offices and corporations in their flocks, and they are the worst type because they are the ones who hide their true colours; they are the ones with the fixed grins and the ‘charitable’ natures’. They donate hundreds of pounds to this cause and that cause, but behind closed doors, they’re evil in the worst possible sense. Outwardly, they are what everyone expects them to be. This seems to be good enough for society. Well, society has got it so wrong; and if being ‘mentally ill’ is a rebellion against society then surely it’s the mental people who’ve got it right?

Of course, I’m only referring to the ‘good’ mental people. The evil mental people are exactly the same as the evil sane people. Only difference is, they have a lot more difficulty hiding their true nature. There’s really no difference between the paedophile who molests little children and the paedophile who molests little children, BUT also has a good job, a nice house, a wife and family, and stands as a true pillar of society. Today’s society would brand them as mentally disturbed and then attempt to psycho-analyze them; I call them just plain nasty and realize there’s nothing to analyze, except that they indulge in the worst of their nature – by choice. Because it is as simple as people think it is, much as they want to convince themselves of its complication. You either choose to do what’s right or what’s wrong. People make excuses for their behaviour by citing difficulty. It’s not rocket science to understand this.

So yes, I am really not the biggest fan of psychiatry as a whole. It’s a justified cynicism. No doubt they started out with the best intentions, but what pioneering concept didn’t? And what pioneering concept doesn’t end up being infiltrated by the Tiny Brain, people who spend their lives involved in the psychiatric profession, yet have very little insight into the human psyche? Obviously there are cases out there that need serious medical attention … but far too often the whole psychiatric business is blown far out of proportion and people start believing there’s something wrong with them when there isn’t, mainly due to these so-called experts who know hardly anything in the grand scheme of things. Interestingly, ALL of the great minds in history were original thinkers – the ones who made a difference, the ones who looked outside the box and saw another world. The sad part is, as history has shown us so many times, that no matter how many times an original mind will implement change, the Tiny Brain will taint it with those little cells that try so hard to mimic the ambitions of the original mind, not realizing that they don’t have the mental or spiritual capacity to do so. It’s really one of those things where you don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Thanks for reading my derogatory post about the Tiny Brain – if you are offended, I admire you for acknowledging that you are a Tiny Brain. Most Tiny Brains don’t realize they are, you see. Therefore, the affronted reader can consider himself upgraded to Little Brain.