This record and compilation is for those faced with challenges in the area of mental health, with the hope that my experience, analysis and methodology may help them overcome their own difficulties.
1. In the 1960’s, patients suffering from fits of epilepsy were made to go through operations to dissect their corpus callosum (to cut loose and separate their left and right brain hemispheres) to control seizures, and as a side effect, the 2 brain hemispheres showed signs that there were separate spiritual entities residing in each half of the brain.
By all accounts, these entities lacked any direct communication between them nor was there any swapping of sides in the 2 hemispheres, because the connecting organ, or corpus callosum, was completely severed.
With these ideas, I have tried to develop a theory on the mechanics of how brain chatter works, This is an approach that recognizes the existence of the Id within every person that may be equated with the “animal within,” and its implications.
The corpus callosum becomes clogged up as the Id tries to create an enclosed sanctuary in the right hemisphere, and the 2 hemispheres become semi-insulated from one another, somehow to resemble a split-brain situation, which the Id tries to exploit, and brain chatter is but one manifestation.
This approach has resulted in new, diverse ways of treating brain chatter, to complement the use of antipsychotic drugs.
2. All the same, one must make the admission that, because the incidence of brain chatter is limited, normally linked with schizophrenia that afflicts a mere 1% of the human population, no matter how clever a new explanation may appear to be, one will always be working against strong odds in terms of opportunities for experimentation, verification, generalization and systematic application.
People who do not experience brain chatter may never understand the ideas anyway, and those who are afflicted may not wish to come out and truthfully comment on whether they approve of the new explanation and its practical applications.
3. However, more than a century has passed since 1900, when Freud published the Interpretation of Dreams, in which he discussed the role of the unconscious, and the years, from 1915 to 1917, when he gave lectures at the University of Vienna on Introductory Psychoanalysis.
Given the serious threat that mental illness poses in civil society today, it must be time to bid farewell to old taboos, inhibitions and squeamishness, and start discussing the second spiritual entity in a more open, dispassionate and objective way.
After all, if left untreated, mental disorder may sometimes trigger violence and, in extreme cases, acts of terrorism, due to stressfulness from and coaxed by antisocial messages emanating from the Id.
4. Short of mental illness and disorder, there is the increasingly rampant and difficult problem of persistent hazing, bullying and personal abuse in school among children and students, as well as among young adults at their place of work, sometimes leading to tragic cases of suicide. Many of these cases must be attributed to the workings of the Id within the victim, that provokes the community of Ids in the vicinity to show disapproval and express displeasure toward the victim.
5. We should also beware that in this age of globalized communications on the internet, including SNS, that assail the user with simple yes/no questions, there is an ever-increasing margin of maneuver for the Id to sway important personal decisions, by giving rise to a sudden urge or impulse on the darker side, especially if the decisions are taken by a simple click on a mouse or by typing simple words on keyboard attached to PC and smartphones.
6. Accordingly, given the remarkable recent developments and exciting new discoveries in neuroscience, we should strive for progress to unveil the mystery of the Id and to efface the stigma attached to mental illness and related phenomena. (If there can be scientific proof of the existence of the Id in people’s minds, that should be worthy of such honors as the Nobel prize.) In this context, the collective subconscious, that makes itself felt by everyone in mass psychology, may provide us with the more obvious clues.
In this age of drastic climate change characterized by frequent natural disasters on an unprecedented scale, mankind may have reached the point where it must face the truth about the human spirit and its composition as a matter of survival, because there is no end to victimized people coming down with depression and mental illness caused by the Id, so that they are an increasingly heavy burden on human society.
The spiritual entities known as the Id must understand this point and be resigned to uncovering the truth about its role and identity; they are no longer averse to being openly discussed, and must look forward to coming out into the open, so that the Ego will have a better understanding on the existence of the Id, and that good relations with the Id are essential for mental health.
Consequently, the Ego and the Id may find new ways of working together, so that good health and living standards may be maintained even under climate change, if not for sheer survival at times of disaster.
7. In searching for ways to deal with the Id and the mental health problems it may cause, it must also be time to look into the strengths and virtues of Oriental medicine and healing practices.
Nowadays, to complement prescription drugs and medication to treat mental disorders, there is the option of resorting to Oriental methods including Zen meditation, acupuncture, moxibustion, shiatsu, bathing in hot springs and yoga.
(a) In China and other countries in Asia, Oriental medicine is enjoying a revival, and nowadays recognized as having a complementary, if not central, role to play in hospitals and clinics. It comes into use especially in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system and, for example, acupuncture may be used to replace or complement chemical anesthetics during surgery. Such practices seem to be gaining popularity in the Western world as well, as a colorful and practical facet of globalization.
(b) In contrast to Western medicine, which has relied on understanding the human body through dissection and on surgery for treatment, as well as on the use of drugs and antibiotics to control bacteria and viruses, especially since Louis Pasteur, Oriental medicine takes a more holistic approach, viewing the human body as a single system, where malfunctioning is attributed to imbalances among the different forces that interact.
(c) The Oriental approach seems to allow for a deeper understanding of the intricate network channels of the nervous system that pervade the body, whereby electrical impulses are carried back and forth between the brain, spine, and the rest of the body.
It emphasizes “reverse engineering” by applying pressure and stimulation on “pressure points” found in crucial places within the nervous system, and this seems to work effectively to rein in the Id and keep it under control, as the resulting electrical impulses quickly reach the Id seated at the higher end, within the cerebral system, to discourage any mischievous behavior.
8. As a point of caution, the analysis below is based on a male individual, and may not be immediately applicable to females, said to be able to use the 2 brain hemispheres in a more combined fashion.
With new, effective drugs continuously being developed, the chances of recovery from mental illness are dramatically improving. All the same, there must be room for effective alternatives, as there may be side effects, users may become negligent, and for emergency relief, in case medication is not readily available. Also, preventive measures may be important for the maintenance of mental health.
A. To carry the ideas of Sigmund Freud and his successors still further, all humans are endowed with 2 spiritual entities, the conscious mind referred to as the Ego, and the subconscious mind, referred to as the Id.
The Id is probably the author and director of dreams, and since dreams are a universal phenomenon, so too, must be the existence of the Id.
B. In the case of dissected brains, separate spiritual entities have been observed in each brain hemisphere.
In the case of normal brains, when a person is awake, the Ego moves in and out to access either brain hemisphere to perform specific tasks.
For basically immobile or sedentary work, however, the Ego will tend to occupy only the left or the right side.
The other hemisphere will be vacant temporarily, and if the Ego remains absent over long periods, this may encourage the Id to start to exploit that hemisphere.
C. Only the Ego has the capacity to move the limbs and other voluntary muscles. There is a crossing of functions, so that the Ego must control the limbs on one side of the body by using the brain hemisphere on the opposite side. Accordingly, the Ego must transfer itself from one hemisphere to the other, whenever it wants to move limbs on another side.
This can be applied for reverse engineering, i.e. the Ego can be deliberately transferred to that particular brain hemisphere fit for the occasion, by moving the fingers (or toes ) on the other side of the body.
D. In the majority of males, it is the Ego that consistently speaks out, the Id being a silent existence.
For speaking out, the native language areas located most often within the left side of the brain are employed, and it will be convenient for the Ego to be in the left hemisphere; for singing out and producing music, the right hemisphere is employed, and it will be convenient for the Ego to be within the right hemisphere.
The Id plays an important role in pronunciation and diction; mental health problems may start when the Id starts to explore new ways of venting its energy, including brain chatter.
E. Dominance of the Ego over the Id is important because it allows thinking in terms of ethics, moral values and codes of conduct.
F. The Ids present in every individual collectively form their own groups, with their own set of social rules. Carl Jung was the pioneer who expounded such an idea, and this has been termed the “collective subconscious.”
If a group of 4 people are represented as [(E, I), (E, I), (E, I), (E, I)] in terms of spiritual makeup, the 4 I’s form the collective subconscious.
Given this super-structure, one can call for help against the Id from the collective subconscious, in silent mode.
G. Over the longer term, there must be a consistency between the morals, ethics and philosophy upheld by the Ego, and the collective values prized by the collective subconscious, that attaches priority to reproduction and propagation. This may be assured by a continuing process of education that extends into adulthood, well after an individual leaves school.
H. With regard to the problem of hazing, bullying and personal abuse, the victim’s own Id is highly suspect as being the culprit; the Id for some reason tries to seek vengeance on the Ego by provoking the collective subconscious in the immediate vicinity.
『In Search of the Id (Introduction)』 フランシス・ローレライ 作