Social Scientists have long debated whether our personalities develop mainly in early childhood or continue to change and grow throughout our lives. Sigmund Freud was the first to state that personality is formed in early childhood and stays basically the same throughout adulthood. One of his followers, Eric Erikson, believed we continue to develop throughout our lifespan.
Is it often assumed that people who go into therapy are less mentally healthy than those who do not go into therapy. However, my own research suggests that this is not necessarily true. Functional neurotics (that is, you and I) who receive therapy—at least two years of therapy or more—are generally healthier than those who do not receive therapy. Those who do not receive therapy often delude themselves into thinking they are mentally healthier, but they are not.
People who stay in therapy, particular a psychodynamic therapy in which they get in touch with themselves and learn to know themselves in the Freudian as well as the Socratic or Daoist sense, develop a balanced attitude toward life. As they become more aware of their unconscious, they are able to let go of aspects of their personality that are detrimental and to actualize parts that are more beneficial.
Recently a nurse was fired from Indiana University Health after she tweeted, “Every white woman raises a detriment to society when they raise a son. Someone with the HIGHEST propensity to be a terrorist, rapist, killer, and domestic violence all star. Historically, every son you had should be sacrificed to the B-ch Wolves…”
This statement resulted in its tweeter being punished. But many other such statements about men, especially white males as well as behaviors, have not only passed inspection but also have been encouraged. In fact, it appears that a kind of persecution of white males has gone on for at least half a century.
When individuals develop certain psychological symptoms, we say they have a mental order. If they assume that they and only they know what is right and what is wrong, that is a symptom of some kind of narcissism or paranoid personality disorder. If they act out on this feeling that they and only they are right and everybody else is wrong and begin to persecute those they feel are wrong, this would be a kind of antisocial personality disorder.
Some people talk about good and evil. There are good people, they say, and there are evil people. Those who say this, of course, are good. Others are evil.
Actually, evil is in the eye of the beholder. The beholder sees evil and looks for evidence of evil. If they seek, they will find. If somebody says something with which they strongly disagree, they call him evil. If somebody believes in a religion, philosophy or political ideology with which they disagree, they call her evil. If someone has the wrong kind of glint in his eye, they call him evil.