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The Psychology of the Monotheistic God

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by sealchan, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. sealchan

    sealchan Well-Known Member

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    Imagine the psyche as composed of a myriad of voices representing desires, instincts, choices, etc and the 'I' that we all feel we know so intimately is really more strange and diverse than we care to believe.

    If this distributed humuculi understanding of the human ego is correct it can explain quite a bit about our phenomenological experience of the psyche and how as we think privately that process often takes on the form of a conversation. If we puzzle over imponderables we might go to bed perplexed but wake up enlightened. Our dreams feature a cast of characters both familiar and strange. We sometimes feel the presence of an invisible other.

    My theory is that a great deal of spiritual experience that is understood as an interaction with a supernatural other takes place on the stage of our loosely organized inner multitudes which form up into what we know about ourselves yet also form up into assemblies of other voices which present themselves to us in the form of strange moods, odd feelings, anxious over-reactions and even bewildering seizures of embarrassing impulse.

    In rare cases where the conscious ego is in a generally weaker state either due to stress or to a practiced humility of spirit, one can have experiences of a more powerful being intimately present that may even bring in its encounter life-transforming and meaningful certainty of ones intrinsic value even as it also presents an experience of deep-seated fear and powerlessness.

    God is an objective reality of the human psyche in the sense that one can have an experience of God both private, subjective and deeply meaningful which has certain characteristics which are universal wear that experience is the most pronounced.

    Any and all sincere comments welcome.
     
  2. 'mud

    'mud ~~ Life is Stuff ~~
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    WUT ?
     
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    Beatific Vision come to mind.
     
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    Not to mention ...

    WHY ?
     
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    'mud ~~ Life is Stuff ~~
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    It's all beautiful in Latin, don't you know !

    WHY ?

    It's all about fear of their `gods` and `devils`,
    from their own minds no-less, praise the `gods`.

    If your not `good`, you'll burn forever,
    until into eternity I will go then !

    Silliness abounds !
     
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    A lot of that sounds related to Cognitive-Affective Theory in Psychology. It has elements of some of the other theories, too, such as Narrative Theory. Since Psychiatrists don't know exactly how personality is constructed there are various theories they work to develop and improve.

    Theories of Personality
     
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