SOCIAL PSYCHOSIS – III

It is quite ironical that the alliance of Russia with the most powerful terrorist in the present world known as Bashar al-Assad has succumbed the millions of lives in the span of just a few months to days.

To one’s amazement, it was not well covered by the media, neither was acknowledged, noticed, considered and realised by the world altogether. The consequences amongst the victims appear initially on a biological level; the hunger, thirst, need for clothing and shelter; which completely unaddressed reach to the psychological level and surface out as frustration, anger, helplessness and in the long term these components acquire the form of revenge. The revenge manifests itself through different forms. Responses/forms are mostly showed where there are pockets of opportunities, loose security measures and unsupervised backgrounds. The expressions of opportunity-based-revenge have put the lives of perpetrators, non-perpetrators, innocents and victims all at great risk.

_67330684_1541462141The root of response is less focused as much as the response itself. This attitude has caused the world to see the “whole” picture in thin slices and off course separately or one can just say in a snapshot. The snapshot portrayal of the whole situation has incited snap judgments, snap decisions, impulsive hatred and quick opinions.

The outcome is the world with divided poles: US vs THEM.

The media, word-of-mouth, debates and for-and-against arguments by the time all would reinforce the energy at the extreme ends. The division would be deepened further, hatred and anarchy will be flared up and in between this many parallel courses of action will be introduced with time.

1) Muslims with a-political and a-religious concerns will have difficulty in their foreign interactions, travellings, achieving career goals in life etc. due to the politico-religious barriers. This will ignite anger within them partly on the policy-makers sand largely on the radicals present within their conforming belief system.
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2) This will be reflected by their ignorance of the rights of trampled, deprived and victimised sufferers on their side. The sheer neglect by the people of similar faith would fill the affectee to assume a more polarised position, which means more disgust, ferocity and fanatic approach towards the world including their own brothers and sisters in faith.

3) The distance between the two poles would further facilitate the air of misconception, doubt and disdain towards each other.

4) The absence of real knowledge regarding the root-cause of the situation can introduce the whole new system with one side entirely possessed by “higher-beings” and the other side with “lower-beings”. This difference in mindsets would be considered by the “lower-beings” as humiliating and tragic. These feeling would fill the gaps with viciousness and chaos.

The world is undoubtedly entering into a new realm where the advancement, progression, digitalization have made it a better place than ever. But the same world has reached the lowest level of humanity with brutal lawlessness, racism, despotism, and abuse of power, greed and cruelty.

Last but not the least, with the Trump being a president of America and Angela Merkel being an unlikable figure; I must say we are in for more surprises!

LACUNAE PERIOD

The tale of crisis, self-image, and ego

Instant feedbacks, prompt responses and supportive structures in one’s working or personal space are the ideal attitudes because it helps one to work effectively and avoid low self-esteem fallouts. This can be really appreciated when the lacunae period arrives.

LACUNAE PERIOD

What is the lacunae period? It is a period where a person is not able to receive the above-mentioned behaviors from the surrounding and left alone to judge their own position. A person tends to fill the void with the preconceived notions, judgment, and templates about a self.

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If the person has a habit of negative self-talking and blaming oneself chronically then he or she would do the same in the lacunae period to fill the gaps between the expectations and performance. Negative self-judgment would discourage them further which would affect their performance subsequently.

The lacunae period in those who try to stay optimistic would not harm much as due to the positive self-image inside, they try to replace these lacunae with the reassurance and self-help cognitive strategies. The positive self-image is comprised upon robust resourcefulness, happiness, strong and contended relationships, independence and trust.

The term resourcefulness is defined by positive interpersonal experiences and achievements on collective and individual grounds. All these factors substantiate one’s persona to deal with strange, unpredicted and difficult situations.

Lacunae period is an inevitable event of life, either in a personal setting or professional environment. It is hard to stay strong and competent under stressful, unsupportive or in hostile setups for long. In these critical situations, personal substance contributes a lot to keep oneself strong enough to trust his/her decisions, judgment and perceptions.

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The substantial ego is well-equipped to deal with such crisis as it has to come up with mature and strong defense mechanisms. The coping tactics are defined by the precise balance between the pleasure-driven body (id) and principle-driven body (superego). The equilibrium is easy to establish but difficult to maintain for the long term. The viable bridge is built upon the sustained harmony between these two bodies. The upheaval in the internal or external environment may destabilize its steadiness. The guards to prevent such conditions are almost always on alert. The subtle maladaptation in habits, thinking, perception, interests and activities may disintegrate it.

The ego is a basic functional unit of a human psyche which works to resolve conflicts and comes forth with the compatible solutions. The stronger the ego earlier will be the resolution with more workable plans.

The model of human actualization has largely depended on awareness of ego, its strength, and deficiencies, its role in decision, failures and achievements and the contributing factors of sustainability and stability. the extent of our self-knowledge towards all these measures would rescue the ego from the crisis and helps it functioning amid pitfalls and setbacks too.

The wizard of Oz – stages of human consciousness

When Dorothy is at home

wiz001ft_dorothy_costume_1000This stage reflects the human existential, primitive and regressive form of consciousness in which trivial things matter a lot and a person tries to deal with the fantasy and maladaptive defense mechanisms like dissociation (getting away from the real situation) to get relief. In this play, Dorothy runs away from her home. Home is that human’s life reality which causes pain and suffering. And her running away was one of the maladaptive coping mechanisms to avoid the pain

 

 

 

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This stage is another reflection of a human behavior where the expectation for the best is desired after one’s scrawny plans and initiatives. Her wonder and interest towards the magician to know her fate reveals her state of ignorance and impatience. Palmist demonstrates the slip-ups of one’s life that can make the person realize his or her mistake. On realizing her mistake she tries to return back to home, but it becomes too difficult for her by then to return.

 

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The land of munchkins

 

This is the wonderland of our desires and wishes. How we see world’s favors, resources, materials, money, pomposity, and illustration. The Glinda is a parental image in our unconscious that shows us the path of goodness but never accompanies us. (Parents are with us all the time through their prayers. They give us values and advice to cover the journey of life all alone, achieving the goals and ambitions to shine in this world, but they don’t bear the pains of our routes). In the same way, Glinda prays for her and asks her to go to the wizard of Oz for the ultimate attainment and absolute salvation (series of trials in life is to make decisions to save oneself from Satan, poverty, sin and the ebb) .

wizardofoz1The wicked witch of the west is a devil and id-driven (Freudian concept) authority of our unconscious part. Glinda asks Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road (the goodness) to get away from evil and never put off her gifted shoes.

 

The scarecrow

The first encounter highlights the importance of a brain being a principle organ of one’s intellectual life. Scarecrow laments the deficiency of intellect and logic in his life.

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The Tinman

The second meeting shows the heart as another necessity for living a thoughtful and sensible life. The strength which comes without the essence of love and compassion is nothing but temporary and insubstantial.

 

The lion

c190f194ae823043c76e27b59dfed0a2The concept of Kingship without the element of courage is futile. The unintentional scream of Dorothy towards lion exhibits lion’s timid nature.

This scream also shows the power of veracity when one stands against the oppression out of anger and frustration then it unravels various forged layers which are wrapped on our perception, only then the unclouded perception can transparently analyze situations and dynamics.

 

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This scene shows the perfect ensemble of the devil and God’s power. She sleeps in a field under the influence of a devil’s trick but gets up due to Glinda’s prayer. It depicts that although devil keeps running after a human being to get him or her into the downward spiral of sin and distraction, but his tricks don’t work without the final thought by the Higher Entity. The scene also reflects the appearance of Glinda in the background as a prayer of parents (being with their children all the time and helping them at the time of crisis).

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The Oz

Here comes the realization of world’s most desired achievement as one’s ultimate aim of existence and purpose of life. The joy which takes place after seeing the conceived goal is the reflection of human’s infatuation with his or her desire. Their amazement on seeing the city of Oz is the demonstration of this attribute.

 

hqdefaultThe wizard is a pleasure driven body who asks us to run further towards our estimated, desired and most wanted ambition. In the attainment of our goal, we happen to kill the lassitude, weariness, and evil and walk an extra mile.

 

“….Come tomorrow”

 

When we almost lose everything in the persuasion of our desires but don’t find the expected outcome on time then it upsets us. The sense of collectivity for oneself comes then. The crumble of one’s dream is the reality of human existence. One of the ultimate purposes of life is a hard realization to experience the failure.

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Brain, heart, and courage

The world and society norms provoke us to follow the rituals of growth like getting a higher degree, finding a good job, getting a good match so that you can stay happy. The sources of comfort and happiness have nothing to do with the external resources and materialistic gains. It deals with the personal awareness regarding oneself.

The personal knowledge about the purpose of existence, life and self-identity are the themes which can bring happiness and serenity.

The bad wizard is an example of this. When Dorothy on instructions of Glinda (e.g. parents, guardians, teachers, mentors and guides) decides to go to the wizard where she finds its real worth, although, she discovers it as fake and superficial. Nonetheless, the wizard reassures everyone about the qualities they already have but they are not aware of it.

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Dorothy’s realization about her home, in the end, is the reflection of the internal journey towards the soul and its significance as a source of happiness.

SOCIAL PSYCHOSIS – II

Seeing the brutality of a human being in a current age, one can sense the urge to dig out the reasons behind the factors, which overturn one’s nature to become vultures and cold-blooded human in order to pursue their goals.

Not to be surprised but various psychosocial reasons lie behind it. Naming the most gruesome political groups, rebellion schisms and radical factions, which have jeopardized people’s lives for decades and paralysed their societies to its deepest cores and instigated the seeds of learned helplessness within the very soul of each individual.

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Lack of personal, social and religious identity-

This is true in reference to:

1) Underprivileged mothering; where mothers may be poorly educated to impart the social, religious or ethical knowledge or they might be busy to do so (due to poverty)

2) Deprived financial resources to get education

3) Little religious understanding to defend or identify oneself

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Insignificant social attachment –

The above factor comes into play when a child is in impoverished condition physically and mentally. The dissatisfaction that arises from the lap of shattered dreams and unseen goals can easily indulge one to look for foreign objectives in order to internalize their identities, which has never been there before.

The excitement, which is brought by the new face, lures one to swiftly detach from the previous void self and gets into the new one.

Extreme terror –

Extreme nature of plundering, terror, chaos and social disarray renders one to idealise death over the devalued state of a life. In the same way, stark poverty can lead to the similar mental status.

Fantasy, the coping –

The utter embitterment of life unconsciously dissociates one from the dark realities in order to avoid the pain caused by it. The use of immature coping strategy mostly surfaces out to maintain the self-equilibrium, namely fantasy. The use of fantasy predisposes one to quickly trust other beliefs about life, death, hereafter and build up to goals upon others beliefs. Here, we can use the example of radical religiopolitical parties that consider beautiful houris would be rewarded to murderers, those who kill people from different faiths.

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Propaganda –

The constant reverberation (by media, specific groups, influential resources of information and contact) about others (target) as evil, filthy, deprecating, toxic and harmful; and belittling their lives, values and importance to none help proponents influence their victims to attack the target with little or no remorse and to consider their treatment to enemies as justified.

Eid …! What Eid?

This blood stained Ramadan has left all of us in pain, sorrow, anger and loss. The wave of terror, which has travelled from Orlando and passed through turkey, Bangladesh, Dhaka and eventually the heart of a Muslim center, city of Medina is mind-boggling and heart-wrenching for all of us. We as a bearer of such situations throughout years from last many decades look forward to occasions like Eid, where we can celebrate and pour out the frustration, anger and sadness by celebrating, sharing and enjoying the feast and moment. The pre-Eid series of terror, killings and assassinations deprive us of the joy of such events.

We Muslims as a nation, are in middle of a double-edged sword, where on one hand we are losing our dearest brothers, sisters and beloved ones due to Daesh and ISIS brutal impact and plotting, and on the other hand; we are facing career hindrances, movement to safer areas and lifetime opportunities due to stricter immigration policies, restricted resources and limited avenues of exploration. These groups (Daesh or ISIS, TTP and Taliban) claimed to be Muslims and by no means any single measure taken by them seems to be in line with the teachings of Islam.

In this era of confusion where a common Muslim facing racism, humiliation and bigotry, is paralyzed with the emotion of helplessness when we are killed, attacked, condemned and harmed by the same people with whom we are said to have strong ties.

It is very hard to survive as a Muslim today. The teachings of prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which include compassion, harmony, justice and humility, have become myths. People under the intense and constant influence of media, out of ignorance and due to poor knowledge hardly believe that these components are the basic tenets of Islam, which clearly illustrate and mention that ‘there is no force in religion’.

The destruction and havoc run by few individuals have attracted the media and centralised people to think that these groups are representatives of Islam and their values are Islamic values. This is the most painful thought and feeling for a Muslim in this era.

When these groups put up the Quranic verses out of context and propagate the message of terror and brutality forward, it sabotages the whole structure of Islamic teaching. For a Muslim, it is the most painful moment to have.

The younger brains and hearts are entering into the conscious circle with perplexity, ambiguity and ill-defined ideas and thoughts regarding religion and identity. At one side, the world believes on a false picture being projected to them (by these deviant groups) and on the other side is the teaching and scripture where the message is totally different to what is projected and understood. This sheer incoherence is producing confusion, disharmony, agitation, anger and a feeling of being lost. Unfortunately, time and facts do not seem to resolve matters in future too.

THE NEW LOW IN THE CULTURE

To no one’s utter surprise the social etiquette and interaction in Pakistan have achieved a new low in the holiest month of Ramadan. Not only the mockery that we see pre, peri- and post-iftar as well as seher is amazingly ridiculous for (few) people but quite shocking too. Why for few people? Because if most of the people are attending, watching and listening to such kind of broadcastings then they must be enjoying too. The new low is not only limited to the media genre but the local interaction and related communication that take place between groups and individuals is also a hallmark of intellectual scarcity which is increasing day by day.

The intellectual debates are merely utilised as ego-inflating tools rather than learning others views let alone respecting them. The rising trend to embellish and augment manifested aspects of life (dress, appearance, outlook, living standards) is another clue towards inner emptiness.

Rapidly deteriorating rates of literacy and intellectual insight among people are not only hazardous but also dangerous for the long-term survival of a society. The basic ingredients of rescue can be observed by abiding some common strategies, which have been followed by fallen nations to rescue their culture, traditions, values and morality.

Among those strategies, one is the need of education emergency, which is a crucial prerequisite. The overview of history is the indispensable aspect of one’s education to avoid common mistakes of survival in discriminated, prejudiced and disintegrated realms. The habit of reading and culture of innovation have to be propagated and inculcated in youngers’ minds to eliminate bias from their perspectives, opinions, and decisions.

The resources and avenues, which we have at this point, can we think to utilise them for incorporating or developing habits of learning and attaining knowledge for youngsters? The gossip-filled, mock-ridden TV shows can demonstrate, establish an environment of learning to its viewers through the quiz, competitions, debates and scholarly contests.

The sheer ignorance of our nation towards the learning aspect of younger minds and inefficient efforts to develop such environment will impact our future, society, system and generation in the most adverse way.

 

The connection of transcendence

Roaming the world of sorrow and joy, we stay between two extensions throughout to decide, think, interact, create and flourish. One extension links us with outside world and another one links us with our inside.

These extensions are in active motion all the time when we interact, deal and mingle up with people around. Inner-connexion contains the mystic component. It guides and guards us throughout. The other tie with the outer world modifies itself according to the environmental demands and changes. It is supervised by our inner connexion and its quality. The quality of inner attachment is comprised upon our spiritual state where we feel ourselves with a Higher being and the quality of it.

The strengthening factors for the state-with-Higher-Being are piety, honesty and satisfaction, trust in God, self reliance and goodness.

The improvised quality of ones inner tie disables the intuitive capacity of a person for the specific course of actions in the outer world at time of challenges and hardship. This deprives a person from the essence of wisdom and clairvoyance. In such cases, when the inner link is malformed or poorly established then it becomes hard to provide guidance for the external code of actions.

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The stress of Rumi and other Mystics on the state-of-being-with-God was made to highlight its importance in terms of external world of action. The constant state of vigilance is required for maintaining the stability and to enrich the inner connexion.