“The health of the mind”: As easy as it is to say those words, it is endlessly a challenge to keep them. To keep a healthy mind is a challenge for so many reasons. It becomes a challenge due to the way we live our lives, the occupations of the modern man, the systemic injustices, physical factors in the environment, and a fast-changing world. Now, amid all this is the professional who has taken on the job of helping other people keep a healthy mind. What a job! Where one man or woman takes the position to offer assistance to the hurting minds of many other people must be a formidable challenge. What is such a professional, or what should such one be? This is an idea worth visiting. (more…)
Bipolar disorder is a fascinating concept that psychology and psychiatry subscribe to, and actively advertize. A lot of humans and Gods from the past can be subjected to a retrospective examination, and we can come to the safe conclusion that those ones very likely exhibited traits of bipolar disorder, a.k.a., manic-depression. The concept of bipolar disorder involves its own system of belief and a way of looking at thoughts, emotions, and actions.
What is a myth? A myth is a traditional story consisting of events that are ostensibly historical, though often supernatural, explaining the origins of a cultural practice or natural phenomenon. The word “myth” is derived from the Greek word mythos (μῦθος), which simply means “story”. Mythology can refer either to the study of myths, or to a body or collection of myths. Myth can mean ‘sacred story’, ‘traditional narrative’ or ‘tale of the gods’. A myth can also be a story to explain why something exists. (From the Wikipedia article on Myth) (more…)
It is amazing to consider, that a human being would willingly accept a label to define his entire existence. There are many labels in existence. People label themselves based on education, profession, family, country, or religion. With an expanding knowledge, each of those labels proves insufficient and incomprehensive. So, in order to identify oneself, an individual might take on more than one label. This usually is done in accord with one’s activities. It helps a person to be socially identifiable. The entire purpose of giving and accepting labels is for the purpose of social convenience. If it were not for the ease of conveying information of one’s activities or identity through a label, most human beings would not want a label for themselves. A label can turn a person into a commodity in the social context. Some wear their labels with pride, and some with shame, based on how the social scanner reads a certain label. (more…)
Bipolar disorder has been understood through its manifested symptoms. Once it appeared consistently, clearly, and in bullet-form in books of psychology and psychiatry, beliefs about it also became more set. This is the power of books, or one might say, of advertizing. Bipolar disorder became a greatly advertized illness, and it gained social acceptability with time. However, producing a label and having it accepted by society does not simplify a very complex matter. Those who think otherwise are sorely misled. (more…)