MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: WHY IT’S SO EMBARRASSING

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“The battle is real.”


In the United States, millions of people suffer from mental health issues in this country. And the reasons for these issues are very broad and wide. The only issues that I can speak about directly are my own. That’s right, I have dealt with issues concerning mental health for the greater portion of my life. And the issues have been anxiety, depression, and a slight case of bipolar. The majority of it is anxiety with the depression coming soon after. So if I had to break down my internal issues, it would be 70% anxiety, 20% depression, and 10% bipolar. Some stuff is in my head and can be dealt with, while others will never go away. And what’s interesting is that, that internal anxiety that stems from fears have made me more urgent in life. But why would a person like me, as smart, kind, thoughtful, become the three categories?

Well, for starters, it comes from a lack of interest in what everyone else in your peer group is doing. We might see that sometimes as a good thing in life, but it can be bad as well. When you begin to lose interest in the activities of your age group, you feel uncomfortable. Why? Well, when you can’t connect to people your age, you begin to isolate yourself from the group. The conversations that they have and what triggers in you, makes you feel weird. They all are talking about going to the movies or a music festival. But you have no interest in any of the age appropriate fun. And the activities that do spark interest in you, is so past the other kids your age. I never dated also because thinking about dating was more interesting than actually dating. So I lost my virginity late in life as well.

And that lack of interest and inability to connect makes you depressed. Because you are considered weird by your peers. Yet it wasn’t until I became an adult I realized that I was not weird, I just thought in regards to things past my age group. All the other young people my age want to go to SXSW, Coachella, or Lollapalooza; I am trying to become a great writer and academic. Then it hit me, there are plenty of people my age who think the same way as myself. Plenty of people who have become introverts because we see things as it pertains to the world that takes us out of our age group. When your peers are trying to figure out what nightclub to go to on the weekend, you’re trying to gain intellectual capital to catapult yourself into success. Your lack of interest in one area, heightens your awareness in other areas, giving you the ability to think in a way most your age don’t. You view the world a lot more wide and broad, and not as myopic.

In the end, my brain has grown as it pertains to the way I see the world socially, politically, and economically. And I’m not referring to a one sided view. Perspective, a perspective that allows me to see the world from others viewpoint that I would normally not agree with. I walk the streets and observe humanity in our natural element and gain my insights into the world through daily interactions. Most people my age are not walking the street people watching as a means to understand the human construct. So my anxiety and depression stems from not connecting because the inability to be interested in anything my age group is interested in, yet I don’t want to be around people much older. It has taken me 30 years to understand and hopefully as I reach middle age, my life will be want I wanted it to be 20 years prior.


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USING THE PSYCHO-PSYCHOSIS OF SOCIETY TO BUILD YOUR WAY TO WEALTH

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“When they stop talking, you need to worry.”


The above is a photo of the painting by Edvard Munch. The great thing about art is that we all have our own interpretations for them. When I see this painting of the screaming man and then the two people walking behind him, I have my own interpretation. To me, what I gain from this image is man’s horror and madness in a society where others around him may appear to be calm. What is crazy and hectic for you might be calm for others. People whose lives are out of wack have this psycho-psychosis behavior about themselves.

Let’s break down what I mean by psycho-psychosis. A person of psychotic nature is someone who is severely mentally ill person suffering from a serious form of psychosis. Which brings me to psychosis which is someone who has lost contact with reality in day-to-day life. So when put together, these psycho-psychosis people are suffering from the most sever cases of detachment to the point their disordered thoughts makes them see and believe things that are not real. They think that they are real because the emotion behind it is so strong. This can lead to deeper problems like keeping them from being able to socially engage with the world around them. Now you might be asking yourself, what does all of this have to do with building wealth?

For starters, there are a demographic of people that have to hate something. Especially in today’s society because we have all these social media outlets to openly express yourself. So, as with people who use it for building themselves up, there are others using it to tear someone down. How do you, or how can these people tearing down be used as a means to make money? Well, their detachment from reality (psychosis) makes them want to believe something about you that’s not true. Like you didn’t work for your living. The more you talk, the more upset they become, and that anger turns into venting. That venting gains attention, just the attention you need to push whatever it is you’re selling.

Meaning, let’s say you’re a Kardashian-Jenner and you’re trying to sell your next perfume or article of clothing. Soon as you post, the people that love will say things like, “Congrats,” or, “Can’t til it comes out.” The haters will right full passages about how awful they are in life. And since the haters speak with such a loud voice, they’ll build the bridge for you to just walk right on over. Or build the bridge for your customer base to come to you. And once you have attention of the audience you want, hit them with the “thing” you are working on. You don’t have to worry about the haters, your loyal fan base will take care of that for you. Thus, building your own brand off the back of those you push against you; let your haters provide you with free publicity.

And people can’t help themselves when they are this detached. They’ll stand around wondering how you got to where you are in life. Crazy thing about it, even if you give them the blueprint, they’ll still deny it. These psychosis people are the delusional ones. Despite hard concrete evidence of how you defeat them, they’ll still believe the latter. I was watching a video posted to Facebook about a man from Russia discussing people and their delusion of the truth. He stated that he could bring them to the death camps, prisons, show them photographs and documents, and they will still deny the atrocities. It only causes effect to them once they are kicked in the behind. Then they become these conspiracy theorists. They believe in this grand conspiracy, but it doesn’t even matter at this point.

That same delusion and disconnect with reality applies to you capitalizing off it. There was a mother recently who spent $25,000 on her son a sweet sixteen birthday party. People are raving about this party, all the while his social media is climbing. If he plays his cards right he can flip it in his favor and make that money back easily. And since people are so delusional in their own psychosis, they will deny the truth and continue to push your brand. See, in the end, the people have the power to make themselves or break themselves. We push them to higher levels and don’t even realize we’re doing it. Making money takes skill and hard work, but also it’s mental. It’s your mentality that will ultimately make or break you. Because if you don’t use your brain to build yourself someone else will use it to enrich themselves.


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LAWS OF ATTRACTION: HOW PEOPLE ENTERING YOUR LIFE SPEAKS VOLUMES TO WHO YOU ARE

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“You tend attract to you what lies inside of you unbeknownst to you.”


The laws of attraction are quite real and we all have experienced this in life. We attract like energy and we also open ourselves up the the positive or negative energy that is out in the universe. We experience this a number of ways: through trying to find monogamous relationships, friendships, having random conversations, and/or our daily work environments. The way we attract people into our lives says a lot in who we are as people. Because if not for our energy whether positive or negative they wouldn’t be in our lives. And what do I mean by that, this is what I mean.

When it comes to seeking a potential mate in a relationship, the energy that is you, has a lot to do with the person you wind-up with. This can take place on multiple levels. One way is through how you look at yourself when you stare in the mirror; self-esteem. If you look at yourself as undeserving, you will attract that into your life. Thinking to yourself, this is the best I can do, then you’re going to get the bare minimum or someone mundane. Another level is operating from a space of being tired of getting the same nobody. No one gets the same person over and over again. There is an aspect of that nobody that is you. They feed of your nobody energy like looking into a mirror. They see themselves in you. And the third level is the enabler who feels being there means allowing someone to be irresponsible in moments where responsibility should exist. Meaning, they can see you are a vessel for their irresponsibility, so why not jump aboard for the ride.

Now, when looking at how you attract people as it pertains to friendships, choose those going in the right direction. Or, better yet, choose those going in the same direction as you. This does not mean since you are becoming a doctor, you only need med school friends. It simply means that if you have a vision of where you want to be and the people around you don’t, you’re being irresponsible. You’re of no use to them because they are not trying to better themselves via your initiative, and you as well will start to lower yourself. Because when you’re in a foot race in life, and you are in 3rd trying to get to 1st and they are in 6th, you have to slow down to let them catch you. But 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th are running. So when you slow down you compromise yourself, so it has to always be them catching up to you, or you let them lose. And if they are bent on running their race, they’ll catch up eventually.

Well, what about the other attraction which delves into the conversations we have in life. Certain conversations we have in life say a lot about who we let into our lives. If you spend your days conversing on telephones with people about random gossip, then you can’t say you’re tired of gossipy people. If you are in a good space mentally, it will actually feel awkward having a conversation that goes into areas of petty behavior. These random petty conversations become beneath you simply because of progression. If there is no progress involved in what you are discussing it becomes difficult to talk about. Meaning, if discussing someone who was on drugs and now is clean and living sober, it feels good. But just discussing someone’s drug habit for the sake of conversation is going to attract a certain type of person/people who revel in other’s misfortunes.

Lastly, I would like to observe our daily work environments. Where you work and the space in and around your job will have an affect as well. When you’re focusing on working and gossip is all around you, then trying to accomplish a task can be tough. Because even though the conversation does not concern you, the human brain is not meant to tune out a lot of conversation. Even though we say things like I’m tuning you out. We still hear conversations, we just try to block them out. And when the conversation concerns someone we see everyday or one of the people talking in question we listen more. So in the midst of trying to ignore, you still soak it all in. Whether the conversation is good or bad, it intrigues the mind to hear something unbeknownst to yourself.

See, in the end, we introduce a lot of energy into us because that energy we invite is apart of us. Unless something is not within you already, it is hard to introduce it. You don’t have to tell anyone about yourself, what we expose ourselves to says it all. A lot of times, the action is more than the verbal. You say you want positive energy in your life, but all you keep bringing in is negative. It’s not that it’s sneaking past you, or you are getting the short end of the stick. There’s no conspiracy to harm you, you are a co-conspirator in your own assassination of character.


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THE ME INSIDE OF ME: HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR SELF AWARENESS

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“What are your mind mechanics?”


So many people in our world have such a hard time succeeding in what they aim to become in life. We all have heard the reasons as to why: I was born poor, I was born with a lack of adequate education in my environment, I am a minority, I am a woman, I have a different religious belief that is not what everyone else believes, or my sexual orientation. And you know what, we have and never will live in a utopia society. These are aspects of our daily lives that we have to overcome. But we also have another aspect of why we can’t succeed and that is a lack of self-awareness. And what do I mean by the lack of self-awareness?

I am referring to the skills and talents that we possess that sets us apart from each other. We’ve heard of the sayings, “Everyone is special in their own way.” Now that I am an adult I feel this is true more than ever. But how come so many people can’t tap into the inner skill they possess. This doesn’t matter your education, economic situation, ethnicity, religion, or gender. This is that inner thing that all people are endowed with in life. How does one get into the right mind-frame to attain hold of that gift? Because the human mind is very complex, yet the average human is not a complex person, but more of a simplistic person. It’s because with all the complexity that makes up the mind, so many people can’t harness it. Meaning, there are a series of, “Oh, that’s what that means.” These “ah ha” moments that create joins in the mind.

It sounds weird and sci-fi driven, but it is real. And the reason so many can’t connect, is because there is no self awareness. For example, people say, we need jobs. Then you ask them, “A job, doing what?” And they look at you and shrug their shoulders. A job is a broad ambiguous term, CEO is a job and flipping burgers is a job. What job title, what income, what employment package, what position after what time-frame? You need to be more direct instead of job and making good money. No one can define what good is, so asking me to provide you with a good paying job is a wrong way to go about attaining employment. Because I don’t know what is good for you, you do. So it is your job to say what you need a job doing what.

The reason this is so hard is because people don’t have a real discernible skill that makes them employable. Because you ask them, “What is your skill?” And they reply to you, “I don’t have one.” With no skill, what job can you get? You can’t get a job. Now some may be thinking, what about training programs? Well you can train people to do anything, but sustainability is on the basis of skill and talent, on top of the hard work. So, it is impossible to create a job among people with no skill or direction in what it is they want. Throwing money at something doesn’t help. You need to invest in people, but the people have to have something that is worth investing in that is sustainable with growth potential. Meaning, I am unemployed; someone says, “What do you do?” I reply, “I have my degree in Computer Science and I have intermediate experience with Java Script and CSS.” There is potential there. But someone who says, “I just need a good paying job.” There is no direction in what they want, because good paying job is not a real want.

All of what I have said comes from the ability to tap into the human mind that is you. In the end, if you are not able to harness how your mind works no one can help you in moving forward. It’s like dealing with a baby when trying to get people help. The baby cries and parents ask what’s wrong. The baby think you should know, but you are not that human. You can only guess what the baby needs. Only in society, you’re not dealing with a baby, it’s a fully grown adult. So you’re asked questions by adults who look at you and expect you to know their situation. Or they want you to feel their situation. Only problem is you have the issue, now what. You still need to tap into talent you or skill you. Without you understanding how your brain works to communicate what it is you need, no one will be able to assist you with anything in life. Because if you don’t know you, how will I assist you.

NEGATIVE THOUGHTS: HOW DO THEY CREEP INTO THE MIND

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“Why do we let intrusive thoughts into our minds?”


It happens to us all, even someone as motivating as myself. We allow certain intrusive thoughts into our heads because these are generally feelings that haunt us in the back of our minds anyways. They are thoughts that sometimes we really want to say or do, yet we don’t act on them. Why, because unlike animals in the wild, we are endowed with a conscious that allows us to make rational decisions. We are not, for the most part, impulsive creatures that do without thinking. Then if we are given so much consciousness, how come these thoughts become so easy to slip in. You would think we could tailor make our brains to think what we want it to think.

That is an interesting concept, making ourselves think what we want ourselves to think. This is how people become successful, they think up all their success until it happens. But if for a moment you allow the negative thoughts into your mind, it can deter you from your goals. Those goals could set you on a path toward the success you want. But for that split second, it stopped you. One of the reasons we allow it is out of fear as well. We second guess out of fear because more is expected from us. The more you give people the more they want. What if you hit a point of not being able to satisfy? So it’s easier being a loser at times.

Another reason why we let thoughts into our mind is because it’s is easier for some to be hated than loved. This is interesting when looking at Black people in America. I have come to a conclusion that sometimes we allow bad thoughts to infiltrate our minds because of what comes with it. If you are successful, what is to come of that. Meaning, who are the new people into your life that otherwise wouldn’t be dealing with us? We have spent so many years being outsiders, how do we deal with new love. Sometimes it’s easier being a villain than being loved. I can deal with being a villain, it’s people embracing me that’s tough. It’s what makes us self-destruct at times. No one expects you to be anything in life, so when you do, we wait for the attack, so we can be brought down and lose.

In the end, the bad thoughts creep into our minds because there is an aspect of the thought that is who we are.  If we have these inner fears and guilt, it sometimes manifest itself in our decisions. Positive thinking is not a given, it is a craft that takes a long time to master. Especially in a world of so much negativity. But still with that said, you can’t run away from yourself with hopes of saving yourself. Your thoughts becomes your actions, and ultimately shape your existence in life.


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