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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INTELLECTUAL CIVILIZATIONS ON THE RISE: HOW THE MIND MAKES US AWARE AND LESS HAPPY

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“Our minds are growing, but it’s hurting us.”


Unlike the people of the past, we are becoming more and more aware of our surroundings. We are becoming more and more aware of who we are as a people as well. Yet, the more we become aware, the more depressed we become. But it’s not our fault, it’s the basis of what we are as people. Human curiosity and advancement causes this to happen. Meaning, we want advancements in medicine and science as well as technology, so long as it does not interfere with social norms and religion. But you can’t have an advanced civilization and not challenge these beliefs in the process. Because the advancements heightens the mind and you become more aware. Then you challenge the beliefs of the past.

What are some things that we have become more aware about. For starters, relationships, and when I say relationships I mean marriage. The more you learn about what it means the more you get turned off. People say you do it for love, but you don’t need to marry someone to love them. Marriage is not a molecule or virus that takes form. If two people go to work and come home to raise children, do you really “need” marriage. You water, food, clothing, and shelter, not marriage. But society has constructed our minds to make us think it does when in reality nothing happens. You go to work come home, go to work and come home. So why do we need it? Well, in the past women couldn’t work. So she had to marry a man so she could be cared for. But if he died or left the family, she was screwed. So laws had to be created stating that a woman is entitled to something if the marriage shall end. So marriage is not love, it’s entering a contract that aids in protecting a woman in case the man leave or pass away. The relationship is the love.

But is marriage the only way that we have become mentally aware and more unhappy? What about friendships? A friend is supposed to be another person who you enter a non-intimate relationship with whom you share common bond with in life. Our awareness of friendships have been relegated to likes on social media. Instead of conversations we text message each other. There use to be time you remembered people’s telephone numbers, and now we have contacts we touch to call them. Our awareness have caused us to take people who are true friends for granted because if I have ten good friends I hang with and you have 100k people who follow you on Instagram, then you’re more important with the 100k. So instead of building relationships, we’re more interested in the statistical aspect of building; quantity over quality.

Now, we still haven’t reached to the full extent why higher levels of awareness has made us smarter, yet more lonely and unhappy. And the main reason is that in today’s society unlike any other time in history, we are constantly bombarded and inundated with information. Unlike our parents, we don’t have to wait until we reach a certain age to understand life. There is enough information to know everything now. So much so, we consume, consume, consume, then dump. We’ve become human locust, where we eat all the resources. Once there is nothing left, we dump the place where we got our resources. It’s the reason why Google is such a big deal because there are billions of pages of information. No one human can find out everything in Google, which is why they are such an attractive organization; unlimited information.

In the end, people of an older generation question, what’s the downside of too much information. And with anything, there is the upside and downside. The downside is that it tends to make us more depressed once we figure the truth behind what we’re looking for in life. It can also make us more detached from reality. But there is an upside to the information. Those in power will have to work even harder to do their jobs because it’s becoming too hard to trick the masses. With apps, social media, and access to more documents than the government has access to, they at times are last to know information. So there is a forced transparency with how they operate. But whatever the outcome, we will do as past generations have done when met with adversity. Adjust to the changes or die as a result of not being able to cope in an ever-changing society.

PRISON PSYCHOLOGY: HOW YOU CAN BE FREE IN THE PHYSICAL SENSE YET LOCKED IN MENTALLY

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“Ever find it hard to break free?”

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I have never gone to jail, but I have been around people who have gone. And there is this institutionalized inability sometimes for them to coop in the dominant society because they have been locked away for so long. They tend to ask permission to go to the bathroom, they’re subordinates to everyone around them, and there is this slight paranoia when people unfamiliar to them are around. Because when you’re in prison you have to learn to survive under duress. You have people trying to physically harm you, you’re stuck in a tightly packed confine, and the food is horrific. So matriculating from prison to the outside world is tough.

But that’s people who went to jail, yet not everyone is like that. A lot of them receive their diplomas or even college degrees in jail. So how is that they are more productive being locked up in prison than free on the outside. Well, that’s because depending on the person, freedom is subjective. Not everyone walking outside feels free, and not everyone in prison feels trapped. Prison can be a very mental construct. A construct which brings people in the correctional institutions to be begin with. So how does a person, or better yet how can you spot a prison trapped person? One of the ways you can tell is by the person’s lack of realization of their own potential.

When people go to jail they can focus on college unlike on the outside because it forces to you to evaluate yourself. You can’t leave the confines of this small space, so you have time to reflect and figure out what you can be in life. And hopefully, if you’re going to be free one day into general population you can reach your potential. It’s hard to get to that point when in society because all you see is what’s in front of you. As well as you look at your situation relative to everyone else around you. For example, in society you can see people prospering while you struggle. And it appears to you, there is no upside for yourself so you feel trapped. But when in prison, you’re locked out from that outside world. So you can’t see them living it up as you struggle. You can focus on your situation more without comparing yourself to someone above you.

Another way to spot prison minds is by how people having a lack of curiosity for new experiences based on their own ignorant views from limited knowledge. For example, my older sister introduced me to sushi; and I never would have tried it otherwise. Because to me, people are crazy for eating raw fish. My lack of getting to know something as simple as a food dish, was helping to shape a view of a group of people I had never met. Or me not wanting to ever travel to Germany because of the Nazi history from 70 plus years ago. Not putting yourself in the know is a prison minded person. Here I am afraid of Germany because of a Nazi past, yet my racial experience in America made me content with being here with no problem.

Other prison minded ways of thinking is being content with not advancing. Thinking that this is what I was born as, and there is no upside. Living in New York City, you would be surprised by how many people have never been to Times Square from New York. They’re so locked in mentally, that they don’t even realize it’s a $3.00 train ride, or even a walk away. This can be very prevalent in the economics of an environment as well. Where people growing up poor think of even a middle class lifestyle as far-fetched. Because when you’re poor you live for today and think about tomorrow when tomorrow come. Middle class people think about next week today, and upper class people are anticipating the next couple of months.

So in the end, just because you are not in prison does not mean, your mind is not locked up. As a matter of fact it’s worse to be locked up mentally than to be locked up in a correctional facility. At least in prison cells, everyone around you is in the same predicament. Outside in society you see the world passing you by. Sad thing is, some people will spend their entire lives trapped. Not realizing their full potential or self worth.