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THE “M” WORD

A Synthesis Of Scriptural Ethics And Science

 

 

Copyright August 15, 2003 2:40 PM CST

By The Pneumiatry Institute & The L. F. Nexus

 

Updated August 18, 2009 2:08 PM CST

Copyright August 18, 2009 2:08 PM CST

By The Pneumiatry Institute & The L. F. Nexus

 

 

 

L. F. Nexus Founder’s Note

 

I would like to quickly comment on why the L. F. Nexus is addressing the present subject.  Very simply, we have visited several websites that deal with the subject and they have all done less than a great job.

 

 

Regarding Referenced Websites

 

We do not necessarily agree with everything on the websites referenced in this article and we do NOT endorse any commercial interests represented on any of the referenced websites.

 

 

Preface

 

For the sake of our more sensitive readers we are not going to say what the “M” word is.  The reader may already know what the subject of this web page is.  If not, it will soon become apparent.  In order to be able to speak intelligibly we will need to use some word to refer to our subject.  Therefore, we have coined the euphemistic term “ego-attention.”

 

Is ego-attention a sin?  It all depends.

 

 

 

EFFECTS OF EGO-ATTENTION

 

Whether or not ego-attention is a sin, ego-attention is normally associated with a degree of emotional instability.  Emotional instability is involuntary alternation between ability and inability…to maintain one’s sense of happiness and well-being.  One may experience interruption in their happiness, joy, and peace…instead experiencing unhappiness, sadness, and anxiety.

 

 

The Drone Survey

 

The “Drone Survey” was conducted by The Pneumiatry Institute under the auspices of Instant Survey, Inc.  100,000 people were surveyed.  One response indicated by all participants was the fact that they experienced a degree of emotional instability on one or more occasions.

 

 

 

TYPES OF EGO-ATTENTION

 

There are two types of ego-attention:  voluntary ego-attention and involuntary ego-attention.

 

 

 

Voluntary Ego-attention

 

There are two forms of voluntary ego-attention:

 

 

Fantasy Voluntary Ego-attention

 

Fantasy voluntary ego-attention involves pornographic imagery and/or pornography.  Fantasy voluntary ego-attention is a sin.

 

 

Nonfantasy Voluntary Ego-attention

 

Nonfantasy voluntary ego-attention involves no pornographic imagery and/or pornography but is unnatural.  Every unnatural activity is a sin.  Therefore, nonfantasy voluntary ego-attention is a sin.

 

 

 

Involuntary Ego-attention

 

 

Definitions

 

An inhibition is a mental activity imposing restraint upon another activity.  A disinhibition is the loss or reduction of an inhibition.  Dementia is a condition of deteriorated mentality often with emotional apathy.

 

 

Sensitive Terminology

 

For the sake of our less mature readers we have coined the terms “biosis,” “biotic,” “bioticity,” and “heterobiotic” to use in place of the word “sex” and its derivatives.

 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury

http://www.rehabpub.com/features/102001/4.asp

 

Recreational Therapy

Case Study

 

[Larry] was injured in an automobile accident in 1982 and experienced a severe traumatic brain injury...he [experienced] disinhibition….  Upon admission, he exhibited extreme [biotic]... behaviors (…[ego-attention]…)….Initially, all of his community outings were closely supervised and structured to continue to work on his disinhibition and inappropriate [biotic]... comments and actions.

 

The patient’s brain injury resulted in disinhibition and INVOLUNTARY ego-attention.

 

 

Head Injury

http://www.medlit.net/guests/Abstracts/Head-inj.htm

 

HEAD INJURY AND BIOTICITY…

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

 

Early, middle and late stages of recovery from more than mild head injury are characterised by changing and overlapping patterns of disturbance of [biotic]... behaviour (Blackerby, 1987.)  Initially, there is often…[ego-attention].  [Biotic]... delusions may be evident.

 

A head injury can result in INVOLUNTARY ego-attention.

 

 

Tourette's syndrome

http://members.tripod.com/~Mark_Kozlowski/s3.html

 

…many individuals with TS also have disinhibited or compulsive [biotic]... behaviors such as…compulsive [ego-attention]….  Given the other types of disinhibited [biotic]... and aggressive behavior…[there is]…a generalized or overall disinhibition disorder. The prefrontal cortex, the limbic system, the striatum, the cerebellum, the motor and sensory cortexes, and the memory network throughout all play a role in a disinhibition disorder such as seen in TS.

Tourette's syndrome victims may exhibit both disinhibition and INVOLUNTARY ego-attention.

 

 

Alzheimer's Disease

http://www.alzheimers.org.nz/fact14.html

 

Alzheimer's Disease

Bioticity…and Dementia

 

The person with dementia may also exhibit inappropriate behaviour as a result of social disinhibition, and this can be disturbing and embarrassing for the carer and other people.

 

Alzheimer's Disease can cause disinhibition and INVOLUNTARY inappropriate behavior.

 

 

Dementia

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/publications/gaskell/semOAP/ch6.pdf

 

Biotic… disinhibition

 

Behaviour includes…[ego-attention] and propositioning others.

 

Dementia can result in disinhibition and INVOLUNTARY ego-attention.

 

 

Conclusions

 

Ego-attention can be involuntary.  The psychological mechanism that precipitates involuntary ego-attention is disinhibition.  Disinhibition occurs in healthy people as well.  RANZCP, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, says (http://www.anzapt.org/training/exams/Exams9799.pdf):

 

Disinhibition may occur in normal [healthy] persons or in pathological conditions, that it is not pathognomonic [distinctively characteristic of a particular disease] but must be evaluated in context of MSE and clinical history.  Evaluated on the basis of interview, corroborative history, with special consideration given to social context, mood state, cultural factors and age.  Diagnostic possibilities needed to be considered broadly.  Better answers included organic disorders and psychoses, the personality disorders (especially cluster B), and normals [healthy individuals] where disinhibition may be associated with anxiety, intoxication, attention-seeking (in children).  Also relevant clinical examples like disinhibition occurring with use of benzodiazepines in the [unhealthy and healthy] elderly….Assessment of dangerousness eg: aggressive behaviour, …[biotic] disinhibition associated with perversions in early dementia, severe impulsivity in ADHD kids associated with high rates of accidental injuries….Some contemporary examples have been noted.  These days, there is also the additional disinhibiting effects of abuse [by unhealthy and healthy people] of various substances and alcohol which is a common accompaniment.  There are other psychological contagions that are less acutely destructive [but still destructive] (eg: fatigue, eating disorders).

 

So we see that disinhibition can occur in healthy people.  But can disinhibition cause one to act contrary to their moral beliefs?  More specifically, can disinhibition cause one to engage in voluntary ego-attention?  If one is under the influence of  “various substances and alcohol” as stated above, the answer is yes.  But what if one is not under such influence?  The Scriptures teach that an immature Christian might not always do what is right.  It is possible for a healthy but immature Christian to be controlled by disinhibition and, therefore, to engage in involuntary ego-attention.  Note that their lack of ability would NOT make their ego-attention morally neutral; that is, it would still be sin but, because it was involuntary,  the fully resisting Christian would not incur any negative moral consequences; that is, they would not be chastised by God.  However, they might incur psychologically moral consequences; that is, for example, they might have the delusion that they will be chastised by God.  The articles The Brain-Injuring Sin and How To Overcome Any Sexual Desire would be helpful to the reader.  What about disinhibition and a mature Christian?

 

Can a healthy, mature Christian be controlled by disinhibition?  Yes.  How is that possible?  By the temporary loss of brain health that accompanies fatigue (see above in italics).  The brain affects the mind.  So, fatigue affects the brain then the mind is affected.  Specifically, indifference is produced.  One becomes indifferent to everything and that includes righteousness.  Fatigue has the same effect as drunkenness.  (Therefore, one has a responsibility to avoid fatigue.)  But what if your responsibilities force you to become fatigued?  In the case of fatigue incurred in the course of fulfilling your responsibilities, God will forgive you for any sin resulting from your fatigue.

 

Finally, is it possible for a healthy, mature Christian who is not fatigued to be controlled by disinhibition?  The answer is NO!

 

THE FOLLOWING, CONCLUDING PARAGRAPHS HAVE BEEN DROPPED BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED TO HAVE NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS!

 

Finally, is it possible for a healthy, mature Christian who is not fatigued to be controlled by disinhibition?  Yes.  How is that possible?  A chemical deficiency in the brain that occurs in most people at one time or another can have the same result as fatigue.  See http://www.lexapro.com/about_lexapro/how_works.asp and http://www.health-freedom-nutrition.com/articles/021106-proserafinal.html.  This deficiency is called “serodrinosis”.  The exact nature of this deficiency has not been determined but we know it involves a lack of both serotonin and one or more of the following:  acetylcholine, dopamine, folate (folic acid), norephenedrine (also called noradrenaline), vitamin B-12, and vitamin E.  Again, one result of serodrinosis is indifference to righteousness.  Note that, if you don’t know how to prevent serodrinosis, God will not hold you accountable for any sin that results from it.

 

Studies now show that the incidence of serodrinosis is dramatically reduced in people whose diets are high (60% to 70% of total diet) in plant foods compared to others whose diets are low (20% to 30% of total diet) in plant foods.