With Schizophrenia in Mind

According to textbook, schizophrenia is an equal opportunity brain disorder. It affects millions of men and women of all races, creeds, colors, nationalities, sexual persuasions, and socio-economic levels. Some mental health experts believe its roots are genetic as others look to the environment; however, the truth is that medical science does not know the cause of schizophrenia, symptoms of which are about as varied as the groups stated above. It might, they think, be caused by chemical imbalance, but we wonder whether the chemical imbalance may be just another marker. 

Among schizophrenics, symptoms vary but include one or more of the following:

  • Distorted thought content (i.e., delusional, irrational, illogical, or paranoid thinking)
  • Seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, and/or smelling things that do not appear to be real (i.e., hallucinating)
  • Disorganized behavior and speech (e.g., alogia, silliness, unpredictability, nonsensical muttering, impulsiveness)
  • Loss of interest in ordinary daily activities such as bathing, grooming, and/or getting dressed (e.g., avolition)
  • Feeling alienated from other people, including family, friends, or associates
  • Absence of feeling or emotion (e.g., catatonia, apathy)
  • Minimal or inappropriate emotional expression in certain situations (e.g., insensitivity, blunt speech)
  • Inability to fully experience pleasure (e.g. anxiety, agitation, depression)

Although—or because—the cause of schizophrenia is unknown, medical science considers it incurable. In any case, this “debilitating disorder” does not prevent schizophrenics from reaching the highest levels of achievement in their fields. Considering that science believes only about 1% of the world’s population could be diagnosed as having schizophrenia, the fact that some unusually high-achieving people are counted among them appears to indicate that schizophrenia involves a different way of processing information. Is this truly a mental illness, or are some of the signs of illness a result of coping in a world that strives to make everyone function similarly?

Through the lens of the Noetitek™ system we see schizophrenia as having much in common with autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and we came to that conclusion independently, before learning that psychiatric research is beginning to point itself in this direction. If leading-edge researchers are correct, and we think they are, the links between autism, schizophrenia, and OCD are biological as well as clinical. However, our examination is not from within the mental illness paradigm. Our perspective is focused on perceptual and creative abilities with the goal of identifying and understanding underlying gifts that are generally regarded only as dysfunctions. Like some schizophrenics (John Forbes Nash, Jr.), some people with OCD (Howard R. Hughes, Jr.) or autism (Temple Grandin) are famous creative high-achievers.

We feel certain, based on research results of others, that schizophrenics are more awake to higher dimensions of Omniverse and to happenings within the universes next-door than most other people. We see this condition as incurable because, despite appearances borne of maladaptiveness and misbehavior, it is not really a disease. Are animals that sense an imminent tsunami differently equipped perceptually than humans, or are they diseased mutant life-forms inclined to “paranoia?”

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2 Responses to “With Schizophrenia in Mind”

  1. Stark Raven Says:

    As a clinical psychologist, this post is especially interesting to me as it has a ring of truth and I am familiar with the schizophrenia-OCD overlap. But I would like to see more dots connected. How does this fit into your “theory of everything”?

  2. PluribusOne™ Says:

    Manifestation within the three dimensions of Space and the lowest dimension of Time always lags behind the intangible process occurring in the dimensions of Consciousness and the higher dimensions of Time (see our post: “Multidimensionality and Turbulence Theory”). The lag-time can vary from a fraction of a second to days or longer. When any of us—not just schizophrenics—focuses our thinking on the present, and keeps looking down at our feet, or obsessing about the past, rather than looking to the horizon ahead and allowing thoughts to flow toward the future, we feel an uncomfortable push or pull, and if we resist that pushing/pulling, it feels like life is “passing us by”—there is the continual feeling of being late, like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, or like running alongside a train that is going a little too fast for us to climb aboard.

    The pushing/pulling originates in the highest dimension of Time, and resistance to that flow creates a “psychic split” between the non-atomic or pre-atomic higher-self, the thought-spirit-self that inhabits the highest dimensions (i.e., Consciousness) and the molecular lower-self that inhabits ordinary Time-Space (i.e., encasement in the slow light of physicality). The psychic split (not necessarily of “personality”) creates a kind of crack between the world perceived as “present” and the world as it exists “potentially.” The effects can be: seeing through time to the past or future or into parallel realities; or there may be a sense of being frozen in time or wrapped in a chaotic blur. The self may be seen as two separate selves, like twins. Through connection with parallel universes, multiple personalities may emerge and become operative through a schizophrenic’s physical self and may distort physical characteristics as well as physical expressions.

    The academic assessment of schizophrenics includes the following: “The normal automatic reaction to visual and other stimuli is delayed, resulting in slower conceptual input. Such alteration causes the sense of external time to be out of sync with internal time-flow. To the schizophrenic, time becomes irrelevant, and to lose the constancy of time is to lose grounding in reality because time is central to order in everyday living.” Although our perspective is not exactly the same, this academic assessment was found after we pointed to the role of perception related to time in schizophrenics, and it resonates.

    In some cases, this “time-braking” appears to be triggered by a fixation on the concept of “death” and a resulting fear that causes subconscious processing which attempts to slow/retard time-flow and delay death. In the life of Howard Hughes, we see that this subconscious directive was activated in early childhood, when he was conditioned for unusual alertness to risks of infection by deadly microbes. In his business career, we see the time-related symptom of feeling the need to be ahead of “the times” with his films and his aircraft—always striving to keep pace with and surpass the ordinary press of time. In the life of Temple Grandin, we see that she invented a machine to squeeze her body in order to stop her anxious feelings, her sense of feeling out of sync with time, of feeling: “I’m late, I’m late…” Fear of death was instilled in her either before birth or during her traumatic delivery. In our perspective, the squeeze-machine she invented was a time machine—a time-synchronizing machine. In the life of John Forbes Nash, sadly, little is known of his birth or earliest years to help our theory. He might have been a mind-control victim.

    When interviewed by Bill Moyers, mythologist Joseph J. Campbell briefly mentioned schizophrenia in responding to questions about everyone’s inner “hero.” To paraphrase, he said: If a person ignores the demands of his or her own spirit and heart and, instead, follows an external program, that person is bound to have “a schizophrenic crack-up.” A human being is only completely healthy when aligned with the higher-self; therefore, the true number of schizophrenics must be much higher than 1% of world population.

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