Monday, April 13, 2015

Psychological Aspects of Disability

 One of the bigger challenges of disability is the social aspect of it.  I have learned painfully that no matter how much evidence or logic one can produce, generally people will fail to accept you. The medical system is adept at this as I learned - their job is to process patients since medicine is a business model, an economic machine. 

One of the things I learned is when people can't understand something they lunge for an easy answer even when their logic is wrong. I suspect that has to do with both deficits in IQ and in EQ (emotional intelligence). Forgive me if I sound brazen. 

Psychology understands the Herd Mentality and you can see that exhibited in American society  which largely depends on the media for its information and viewpoints.  If the mass of society believes something then it must be true, this is an error. If you fight against the trend then you will suffer being castigated. Herd mentality is an avoidance of thinking for yourself and drawing conclusions that are based on logic and reason, it is the easiest path to follow. If we find out later that we were wrong then the course is reversed. No one likes looking the fool. I think that most deny the truth since it opens vulnerabilities which we naturally do not like. "If it happened to him, it could happen to me" they reason. The fear of the vulnerabilities cause us to dismiss the truth and find other explanations or perhaps avoiding the situation all together since it makes us uncomfortable. 

Sadly most emotional responses are faulty, rather than attempt to understand the problem people resort to other means to cope. Anger, resentment, blaming, hatred, castigating and avoidance are common attributes for this.  Most reach for answers that are incomplete and illogical which do nothing more than cause more harm.

Something happens in the body/mind/emotional axis when a person gets sick, perhaps is the hopelessness and lack of resolution. Others describe it as being porous, vulnerability would be another example. Science has demonstrated that auric fields exist, these fields are electro-magnetic and surround the body. Thoughts do not necessarily come from just the mind but a network of senses including our electro-magnetic field. This is why we feel comfortable around some people, places and things and uncomfortable around others. Harmony would be a good word to use.

Having a disability is something people do not choose, they do not use it as a crutch but rather they are courageous and innovative people who have learned to cope in a difficult society that refuses to help them carry their cross.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

From time to time  you begin to reflect on your life and what direction you are pointed in. You take an inventory of sorts and try to see yourself and your actions from another's perspective. Sometimes you see good and sometimes you realize you need an adjustment.

  • First do no harm. 
  • Help - don't hurt 
  • Have the courage to admit you are wrong and make the corrections to make it right.
  • Forgive and choose to see the good