Diagrams of the psyche are limited representations as they are two-dimensional and segmented, even hierarchal, whereas in actuality the psyche is multi-dimensional, complex and non-linear. Whether you have studied psychology or not, I'd like to know how you feel about the diagram of the psyche in a 'golden spiral.' Since there has been response to questions about the Higher Self, does this graphic representation say anything to you? I'd also love to hear from those who do study psychology, even if you feel the diagram is misleading, as it may help me to present a more rounded picture.
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Tsmog, this is great - to get some interaction started about the diagram. As a graphic, it is amateurish I know, and was made mostly for my own satisfaction to envision the relationships. I will email the whole image file to anyone who asks....
Yes, and I can see how the diagram could be interpeted differently than I intended. It is not to say, 'this is how it is,' but to explore the mystery and gain an understanding that may be essential for a more complete self-awareness.
Sorry, no I didn't mean your diagram was off, but rather the field of psychology has no real clue how to treat the mentally ill. I used to be a huge believer in psychology until working for a therapist, & seeing no real progress in her clients.
Thank you for that clarification.
duffsmom-- Sadly, I agree 100% with your comment, "the field of psychology has no real clue how to treat the mentally ill." The aim seems to be, not to CURE, but to just TREAT patients to feel and act better until there's a cure. Science, please!!
Duff's mom and Laura...you are 100% correct. I went to college to become a school counselor, but stopped just shy of earning my degree in psychology. I found it was filled with holes and COULD not and WOULD not address the real issues. Too political.
Shame on you, ahorseback! E.P. worked hard on this and is looking for real, constructive criticism on his diagram and ideas, not off-the-cuff (and incorrect and unrelated) remarks. Go comment on a topic where you have something to add, not subtract.
I concur with Ms. Schneider. An artistic, insightful, and scholarly question does not deserve such a caustic response. Such asperity has no place here. No matter the question, if you cannot provide a respectful perspective, then simply don't comment.
"Diagrams are for sissies"? I had no idea. I've always liked a good diagram. Done correctly a good diagram can say a great deal without saying much at all.