Special note for psychotherapists
A career project has produced valid answers to questions that have been asked over thousands of years. Those questions about the nature of neuroses were never well answered. Therapists carefully applied “understandings” that, regardless of their merits, never actually cured neuroses. Over the ages many millions of hampered lives were considered irretrievable. Now, full and lasting cure of that vast array of illnesses is consistently achieved. Consistency of curative success is strongly supportive of validity of explanations.
The most amazing non-event is that psychologists did not eagerly and rapidly adopt the science that enables cure, the clearly stated goal of the field,. The reasons for that have to do with faith in past theory. I no longer am amazed, just saddened that so many millions of people wait and suffer.
Psychological theories have been trapped in a rut: Indoctrination in the various schools of thought has locked psychologists’ loyalty to the aged false common wisdom that humanity is burdened instead of advantaged by feelings. My proposed correction to that result of affect phobia was first offered in the fifties with lectures and presentations and finally offered in publications starting with “Feeling Bad and Feeling Badly “in ‘84 followed by other articles and books.
I offer this brief summary report of results of useful discoveries and related activities over the decades with the hope of evoking enough serious thought and study to get psychologists regularly preventing and curing neurosis instead of settling for long term ineffectual treatment.
After retiring in 2002, leaving Illinois and moving west, I devoted available time and energy to continue my career project — study of the nature, processes, functions, and value of emotion.
The following is relevant to issues of living life with feelings:
In 2010 I completed and published a second edition of my 1998 book “Uses of Emotion: Nature’s vital gift” (making it available in paperback at $15.00). This continues and expands related observations and concepts.
In 2011 I placed a document: “Common and Uncommon Wisdom” available free on my web site:
In 2012 I placed on Kindle an e-book volume titled ”Two Little Books: Cure at last” (100 pages) describing a view of life with feelings — available for $1.00. This small volume succinctly summarizes and also elaborates concepts in the 1998 and 2010 editions of “Uses of Emotion.”
Also in 2012 I placed a brief “Manual for cure of neurosis” available free on my web site. This manual has enabled many who studied and applied its information to cure neuroses in self or other. Use of this manual is increasing.
My internet writings (available over eighteen months) have brought a couple thousand comments, some grateful, some enthusiastic. Those responses were from people across the world who have learned possibilities of more comfortable life and/or full cure of neurosis (instead of interminable treatment and interminable suffering) by using instead of fighting emotion.
People freed themselves of troubles by applying natural explanations. In office practice the explanations had resulted in more than ninety percent of patients with neuroses achieving full and lasting cure. While the usual Internet expressions of gratitude have been sound-bites, some tell feelingful bits about the wonder of a life that had been hampered by neurosis being changed and/or able to start life anew.
In sharp contrast to enthusiasm among the untutored public, very few professionals have allowed themselves to open their minds to ideas outside the box of their indoctrination for even a moment; to seriously think through new concepts, consider the logic, and (skeptically) test the ideas on self or patients. Perhaps they disparagingly judge a few thousand people as deceiving themselves into believing they are cured of an incurable illness or perhaps those professionals disparagingly think that this formulation must be hoax and the reports of results false!
Even among highly intelligent people their faith in an indoctrination of a school of thought equals cynicism in automatically closing minds and shunting away anything differing from doctrinal knowledge—as if an iron dome protects old common wisdom—they are unable to think about it. But how should we view the ethical value of assiduously applying treatment that may sometimes ameliorate either the trigger events or the symptoms but never actually cure processes of neuroses? Would it not be more ethically proper to offer an available approach that is consistently curative of the processes of the disorder?
Always, patients come to us wanting to be cured. Troubled patients rarely distinguish the difference between our use of the words “treatment“ and “cure.” Therefore they hope for and expect cure. For the cure they desperately seek, amelioration and palliation are paltry substitutes to offer them. How many professionals have realizedthey could easily learn to cure?
In every field of study the time arrives to advance the field by breaking free of existing theoretic formulations that do not achieve their aim or that now appear less than logical. Breaking free of the multi-millennial false understanding of emotion and turning to its natural functions is long past due. I hope my writings will start professionals reading my offerings and rethinking about psychology.
Nature is frugal: functions and processes that are not supportive of life fall away. Logically, functions and processes that continue are likely to be supportive of life. Because emotion continues in all animal life a reasonable conjecture is that emotion must be vital to life in some way. A reasonable question follows: What are the functions, uses, and ways feelings are helpful?
My studies pursued the aim to better understand emotion and follow wherever it led. Observation of processes of emotion (some of which had been hidden in plain sight) revealed interesting discoveries. We gain new understanding of feelings as natural functions in all animal life: what emotions are, what their uses are, and how they provide important advantages for us. We bring to light a better life for everyone by using observable actualities rather than relying on creatively imaginative but debatable descriptions of emotions, illnesses, etiologies, and dynamics. With that knowledge we become able to view ourselves as one of many creatures benefited by Nature’s generous gift of thought and feeling as equally important in our functioning.
Humans have too long accepted false common wisdom about emotion with estranged feelings, and worse, building false wisdom into our schools of psychologic thought. Within each of our currently dominant therapies that false wisdom guides toward the comfort that comes with amelioration of psychological problems but by doing so diverts from and obstructs cure.
When we recognize that emotion is a vital part of our perceptual system, we learn how emotion processes share attributes with other processes that move from sensation via a translative path to perception. So far, the consistent result of applying this “outside the box” theory has been enablement of full and lasting cure, instead of treatment, for many people suffering neurotic problems. But there are millions in this country and multitudes across the world who need and wait for help.
Bringing actual full cure to ordinary folk across the world has delighted them and evoked their gratitude. Some tell me about it. Some let others know that finally there is a way to actual cure. Some of those who also benefit tell me and/ or pass the news along. Many millions of suffering people will gain better lives as the word continues to spread..
Because this theory successfully brings full cure, it is slowly but steadily spreading through the internet as a self-cure that also serves well for prevention. That consistent success means that whether accepted or ignored by professionals it will inevitably become the standard explanation of neurosis.
Psychologists can accept this natural psychology as a compelling breakthrough and speed advance of its use or may stay with their indoctrination and watch as the public increasingly turns away from current schools of thought and self-cures these “incurable” illnesses.
There no longer is any good reason for anyone to suffer neurotic disorders. Psychologists can hasten the freeing of humanity from neurotic problems, prevent such illnesses, teach the natural functioning of emotions for improving everyday life, and with research explore betterment of human condition with further redefinition of emotion, diagnoses, and treatment.
Millions of people are waiting.