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PSYCHOLOGICAL AUTOMATISMS – WHAT REALLY HAPPENS

THE EGO DEMATERIALIZATION OF INNOCENT AUTOMATISMS

 

 

Copyright April 5, 2005 8:09 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti and The L. F. Nexus

Reviewed By Dr. Leonard Weinstein

Reviewed By The Pneumiatry Institute

Reviewed By The National Psychiatric Association

Reviewed By Chicago Christian University

 

Updated April 5, 2005 4:26 PM CST

Copyright April 5, 2005 4:26 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti and The L. F. Nexus

Reviewed By Dr. Leonard Weinstein

Reviewed By The Pneumiatry Institute

Reviewed By The National Psychiatric Association

Reviewed By Chicago Christian University

 

 

 

 

 

If the technical stuff in this article discourages you from continuing to read this article, skip down to the section titled “THE OBJECTION.”  This section will provide the easier and biblical information that you need for your life.  However, we recommend that, at least, later you read the more difficult content on this web page.

 

Portions of this article will be beyond the understanding of most people.  However, the other portions of this article will make clear what one really needs to know.  Don’t give up because you cannot understand a part of what you are reading.  In addition, though not really necessary, when you are finished reading this article, you can research those portions of this article that you do not understand.

 

Truth can sometimes be a neighbor to a lie.  We have explained in our article on dispensational automatism that there is NO SUCH THING as “automatisms sent by God.”  However, automatisms do occur.  The article you are reading is very similar to an article found on our main dispensational automatism web page.  However, the article before you makes the fine distinction that automatisms are the product of psychological mechanisms and not of divine intervention.  God is involved in these mechanisms only in the sense that he built these mechanisms into the human psyche when he created man.  These mechanisms operate according to the laws of psychological nature that God established when he created Adam.  GOD NEVER OVERRULES THE PSYCHOLOGICAL MECHANISMS BEHIND AUTOMATISMS.  AUTOMATISMS ARE NEVER SENT BY GOD.  THEY ARE ALWAYS PSYCHOMECHANISTIC PRODUCTS.

 

The psychological mechanisms discussed in this article were discovered by Dr. Bisconti.  Research and experiments were performed at the Pneumiatry Institute.  These discoveries are based on research and experiments conducted over the past fifty years and completed on April 2, 2005.  All of the information in this article, in addition to being protected by the website copyright for the L. F. Nexus website and the web page copyright for this web page, is protected by the following copyrights:

 

 

The Ego Dematerialization of Innocent Automatisms

Copyright 2005 Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

The Ego Dematerialization of Innocent Automatisms

Copyright 2005 The Pneumiatry Institute

 

 

The term “automatism” means:

 

acting without personal control (as in a blinking of the eye, a knee jerk, or the beating of the heart)

 

In other words, automatism is “involuntary activity.”  There are two types of automatism:

 

1.      INA†:  Innocent Automatism†

 

2.      GUA†:  Guilty Automatism†

 

GuAs are evil automatisms that you could have prevented and/or overcome.  INAs are automatisms that you were unable to prevent and/or overcome.  Certain principles have emerged that everyone must take into consideration in dealing with GUAs and INAs:

 

·        First, we cannot know an automatism is innocent unless we treat it as a guilty automatism, which means resisting it with all the faith, energy, knowledge, intelligence, skill, and wisdom at our command.  This makes sense.  The reason this makes sense is that, otherwise, we would soon lose the “habit of resistance to sin,” one of our major defenses against sin.

 

·        Second, there must be proof of “INAship†”; that is, proof that an INA is an INA.  We now have the empirical data needed to substantiate and establish this proof and we can now provide a precise description of this proof.  This proof applies only to the past and present.  We can never prove that a future INA will be an INA.

 

The critical element in proving INAship (proof that an INA is an INA) is the ego† (see “Technical Footnote 2” at the bottom of this page).  The ego is the conscious will.  The ego is NOT the self.  It is a PART of the self.  It is that part of the self that the average person would call their “will.”  It is that part of the self that one puts into action starting at the very beginning of every “effort to act.”

 

Now, it is the ego that can keep us from knowing that any kind of automatism is occurring.  The reason is that its very presence tells us, individually, that “you are acting” or, in retrospect, in reference to situations where we could not monitor whether our behavior was voluntary, that “you might have been acting.”  Logically, therefore, in order for us to know an automatism is occurring, the ego must be either absent or effectively absent.  Since the ego is always present, the only way we can know an automatism is occurring or has occurred is for the ego to be “effectively (virtually, in effect, as if) absent.”  The “effective absence” of the ego is accomplished through the automatic, psychological mechanism of “ego dematerialization†” (first identified by Dr. Bisconti).  Thus, (a part of) the proof that an automatism is an innocent automatism is “the effective absence of the ego that results from ego dematerialization.”  The average person might describe the experience of the dematerialization of the ego by saying:

 

I’VE LOST MY POWER TO ACT

 

or, possibly,

 

MY CONSCIOUS WILL HAS DISAPPEARED

 

NOTE THAT THE CONSCIOUS WILL HASN’T REALLY DISAPPEARED.  IT JUST APPEARS TO HAVE DISAPPEARED.  The result of the dematerialization of the ego is the inability to perceive (perceive with the mind or the senses) the ego (the conscious will).  It is AS IF the ego (the conscious will) has been amputated from one’s psyche (mind, heart, soul, spirit, “body,” [that is, one’s perception of one’s body], conscious awareness).  It is important to note that, in the case of innocent automatism, the inability to perceive the conscious will (the ego) is temporary.

 

The effective absence of the ego (the conscious will) means that we are, AT THE MOMENT (NOT THE NEXT MOMENT BUT THE PRESENT MOMENT), POSSIBLY unequipped to resist and overcome automatism.  This inability means the automatism is POSSIBLY an innocent automatism.

 

An automatism is DEFINITELY an innocent automatism when two things are true:  the ego is effectively absent and the automatism has a righteous “moral context.”  A moral context is the moral character of our lives immediately preceding and during an event.  If we were living a sinful life just prior to and/or during an automatism, the automatism might not be an innocent automatism.  It might be a guilty automatism.  If we were living a righteous life just prior to an automatism and, if we were able to do so, fully attempted to live a righteous life during an automatism, the automatism would be an innocent automatism.  To summarize:

 

 

YOU KNOW THAT AN INNOCENT AUTOMATISM IS OCCURRING WHEN TWO THINGS ARE TRUE:

 

 

1.     THE EGO (THE CONSCIOUS WILL) IS ABSENT.

 

The absence is only a “perceived absence.”  In other words, the ego (the conscious will) is not really absent.  You, simply, cannot see or, in any other way, experience it.

 

2.      YOU HAVE A CLEAR CONSCIENCE.

 

Having a clear conscience means:  just prior to the automatism, you are living a righteous life and during the automatism, if you are able to do so, you are fully attempting to live a righteous life.  Living a righteous life includes doing EVERYTHING in your power to not be overcome by automatism and, if overcome by automatism, doing EVERYTHING in your power to overcome the automatism.

 

 

 

THE OBJECTION

 

Now, one might object that all automatisms are guilty automatisms BECAUSE GOD ALWAYS GIVES US POWER TO OVERCOME INNER EVIL, EVIL IN OUR OWN NATURES.  This, of course, is easily disproven from Scripture.  BEFORE WE PROCEED, NOTE THAT WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ APPLIED TO ONLY A PART OF THE APOSTLE PAUL’S LIFE.  Romans 7:14-25 says:

 

(14)  For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

(15)  For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

(16)  If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

(17)  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

(18)  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

(19)  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

(20)  Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

(21)  I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

(22)  For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

(23)  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

(24)  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

(25)  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

 

Notice in verse 15 that the writer, the Apostle Paul, says, “What I would, that do I not.”  In others words, he couldn’t do what he wanted to do.  He then says, “What I hate, that do I.”  In other words, he couldn’t refrain from doing what he didn’t want to do.  In verse 16 he says, “I do that which I would not.”  Again, he is saying that he couldn’t do what he wanted to do.  In verse 17, Paul says, “It is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”  In other words, there was an evil force at work within Paul, as in all of us, that was the seed of (the driving force behind) his sinful behavior.  Verse 18 tells us that Paul was able to make an effort to and to decide to do what is right BUT THAT HE DIDN’T HAVE THE POWER TO ACTUALLY DO WHAT WAS RIGHT.  In verse 19, the Apostle Paul again declares his inability to do what he wanted to do and his inability to refrain from doing what he didn’t want to do.  In verse 20, he again declares that there was an evil force at work within him (again, as is true of all of us).

 

In verse 21, Paul takes things a step further.  He says “I find then a law.”  In other words, not only was there an evil force at work within him BUT THIS EVIL FORCE HAD A PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN HIS PSYCHE.  Verse 25 gives the Apostle Paul’s final conclusion regarding this permanently resident evil.  He says, “So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”  In other words, GOOD AND EVIL LIVE SIDE BY SIDE WITHIN US ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  But wait…help is on the way…read on.

 

Some might be disturbed by the idea of “good and evil living side by side within us all the days of our lives.”  They might complain, “How can we do any good if evil is always there to defeat us?”  This is an excellent question.  The answer is this:

 

The experience that the Apostle Paul describes was his experience in the earliest phase of his walk with the Lord, before he became a bulwark (powerhouse) of Christianity.  Over the course of his life, the force of good grew in his soul and increasingly and steadily he obtained the ability to do more right things in his life.  Now, the Bible teaches that no matter how strong we may become morally, ethically, and spiritually we will never, in this life, eliminate the evil force in our natures, what is called the “sinful nature.”  At best, we can become 99.99% strong but there will always be that .01% waiting in the background, waiting to bring us down.  The Bible warns Christians to never think that they are too strong to be overcome by evil, by sin and by temptation.  Those who fail to heed this warning usually fall and, sometimes, suffer disastrous consequences in their lives.  One of the reasons God does not amputate the “sinful nature” from our souls in this life is that he wants to keep alive our connection to him.  This is for our own good.

 

Without our connection to God we cannot have the strength we need to defeat the evil within us.  Jesus said, in John 15:5:

 

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 

NOTE HIS WORDS OF WARNING:  “WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING.”  In practical terms, a lifetime of victory over the evil within, the sinful nature, requires that we must make the priority of our lives to do God’s will, to do what is right, to do what is best, to do what is wisest, to live a life of love toward God and people, AND WE MUST NEVER THINK THAT WE HAVE BECOME SO STRONG THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO BE ON GUARD AGAINST SIN AND TEMPTATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Footnote 1:  The formal term for the “inability to perceive the conscious will (the ego)” is “self-imperceptibility†.”  The advent (coming into being) of self-imperceptibility is called “self-imperceptibilitization†.”

 

†Technical Footnote 2:  Dr. Bisconti is not a Freudian, though he acknowledges the validity of a number of Freudian concepts.  Dr. Bisconti is a Pneumiatric QuasiJungian.  Jung believed in God, Freud did not.  Dr. Bisconti coined all of the terminology in this article followed by a “†.