Of Critiquing Goleman’s “Probing the Enigma of Multiple Personality”

Listen Siblings, I come in peace,

“The key to all problems is problem of consciousness.”KMT Proverb

Certainly an insightful proverb, the above is why the African Blood Siblings Community Center, centers for developing our consciousness, is the solution for our race.  It’s not only because a restorative consciousness can gain us racial independence, but because an Originalist consciousness can make us biologically healthier.  This you can see in this article.  Write the ABS about building.  Subscribe, share, love.

Of Critiquing Goleman’s “Probing the Enigma of Multiple Personality”
By Onitaset Kumat

Goleman’s 1988 article, focusing on Multiple Personalities, is found in the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/06/28/science/probing-the-enigma-of-multiple-personality.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm.  It explains to you some little known fact that one’s psychological state influences one’s biological state, i.e. depending on one’s consciousness scars can appear, allergies can be developed, eyes can get crossed, vision can be blurred!  I first heard it discussed by Dr. Amos Wilson during his two-hour lecture at the United African Movement.  You can hear his analysis Fifty-four minutes into his lecture. See

(Save the Lecture if you please)

The following critique follows along similar lines, but in the context of the Organization of African people, the African Blood Siblings, those whom build African Blood Siblings Community Centers to liberate our people!  The italicized and indented writing is Goleman’s, the non-italicized is my own.  As a preface to the article, I will treat all people as suffering from Multiple Personalities: Originalism, Occidentalism and Orientalism.  Besides checking out the preceding links, studying “What is History?” and the five-part dialogue on “Race” will be most helpful.  In short, each particular race is best suited to a particular culture, just as each seed is best suited to a particular environment.

WHEN Timmy drinks orange juice he has no problem. But Timmy is just one of close to a dozen personalities who alternate control over a patient with multiple personality disorder. And if those other personalities drink orange juice, the result is a case of hives.

With no moment to lose, we are hit with our ancient wisdom, “the key to all problems is the problem of consciousness.”  Timmy, by a matter of consciousness, is able to prevent an allergic reaction that would cause blisters on his skin.  This is important information for our people.  Especially considering our disproportionate diseases in European societies, compared not only to Europeans but Africans on the continent as well.

The hives will occur even if Timmy drinks orange juice and another personality appears while the juice is still being digested. What’s more, if Timmy comes back while the allergic reaction is present, the itching of the hives will cease immediately, and the water-filled blisters will begin to subside.

Such remarkable differences in the same body are leading scientists to study the physiology of patients with multiple personalities to assess how much psychological states can affect the body’s biology, for better or worse. The researchers are discovering that such patients offer a unique window on how the mind and body can interact.

The above bold statement is very important.  Repeating again “The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness,” (the recurring theme of this paper.)  It’s worth understanding, however.  That even your susceptibility to diseases depend on your consciousness.  Healthiness, thus, can be increased by convening in African Blood Siblings Community Centers.  That’s worth spreading.

Researchers feel that the study of these patients may also have significant implications for people with the medical disorders that are found to differ from one sub-personality to another. If the mechanisms through which these differences occur can be discovered, it may be possible to teach people some similar degree of control over these problems.

”We’re finding the most graphic demonstrations to date of the power of the mind to affect the body,” said Dr. Bennet Braun, a psychiatrist at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, and a leading pioneer in the research.

”If the mind can do this in tearing down body tissue, I think it suggests the same potential for healing,” said Dr. Braun, who directs a 10-bed psychiatric unit that uses psychotherapy, hypnosis and drugs to treat people with multiple personalities. He said he believed that the drastic physical changes seen in patients going from personality to personality could be duplicated for emotionally normal people under hypnosis.

In people with multiple personalities, there is a strong psychological separation between each sub-personality; each will have his own name and age, and often some specific memories and abilities. Frequently, for example, personalities will differ in handwriting, artistic talent or even in knowledge of foreign languages.

Multiple personalities typically develop in people who were severely and repeatedly abused as children, apparently as a means to protect themselves against the pain of the abuse. Often only one or two of the sub-personalities will be conscious of the abuse, while others will have no memory or experience of the pain. It is unclear why some abused children develop the syndrome while others do not.

The idea that multiple personalities are a result of abuse should be clarified in our context.  Oftentimes, we find it hard to reach our people, who are abused, as they seem to have no outward memory thereupon.  This was addressed in “Of Showing Our Emotions.”  It’s worth realizing why.  The abuse that we undergo is oftentimes physical, certainly, but it’s incredibly psychological and, ergo, spiritual.  The psychological abuse is Occidentalism itself: We read this in the dialogue on race.  The Spiritual abuse is also described in “Excerpt from the Foreword for “A Quest for Spiritual Transformation.”  We must then engage with our people under the realization that our abusers and abuse are omnipresent: Europeans and Asians, and Europeans and Asians respectively.

For more than a century clinicians have occasionally reported isolated cases of dramatic biological changes in people with multiple personalities as they switched from one to another. These include the abrupt appearance and disappearance of rashes, welts, scars and other tissue wounds; switches in handwriting and handedness; epilepsy, allergies and color blindness that strike only when a given personality is in control of the body.

Today, using refined research techniques, scientists are bringing greater rigor to the study of multiple personalities and focusing on a search for the mechanisms that produce the varying physiological differences in each personality. Reaction to Medication

I put “Reaction to Medication” in bold because we unfortunately adopted the unhealthy habit of medication from Europeans and Asians.  It’s worth pointing readers to traditional medicine.  The remarkable story of our traditional Siblings should make you turn away from your medicine cabinet.  See “See the hope for Africa in Suriname’s “Bizarre Food””

One of the problems for psychiatrists trying to treat patients with multiple personalties [sic] is that, depending which personality is in control, a patient can have drastically different reactions to a given psychiatric medication. For instance, it is almost always the case that one or several of the personalities of a given patient will be that of a child. And the differences in responses to drugs among the sub-personalities often parallel those ordinarily found when the same drug at the same dose is given to a child, rather than an adult.

This is telling.  In “What is History?” we discuss African Grain becoming African Wheat in Africa, but becoming a different sort of Wheat in Europe (though not European Wheat).  Regardless, the “African Grain” essence remains in that wheat and can develop in Africa or African environment.  The remained “Child” in us, as abused Africans, then is “Originalism.”  This is the part of us which we must develop and this is the part which we must engage with when rallying for African Blood Siblings Community Centers.

In a recent book, ”The Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder,” published by the American Psychiatric Press, Dr. Braun describes several instances in which different personalities in the same body responded differently to a given dose of the same medication. A tranquilizer, for instance, made a childish personality of one patient sleepy and relaxed, but gave adult personalities confusion and racing thoughts. An anti-convulsant prescribed for epilepsy that was given another patient had no effect on the personalities except those under the age of 12.

In another patient, 5 milligrams of diazepam, a tranquilizer, sedated one personality, while 100 milligrams had little effect on another personality.

Some of the recent findings on such changes will be reported at an international conference on multiple personalities that Dr. Braun will convene next October in Chicago. The reports will include other physical differences from personality to personality, such as seizures, eating disorders, and different neurological and sensory profiles. Optical Differences

This informs that African Blood Siblings Community Centers, in developing Originalism, and ergo, Loving, Wise, Knowledgeable Africans, will improve dietary reactions, sensory profiles and neurological activity.  This is verified by science and the wisdom of our ancestors: “The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness.”

One of those reports will be on a study by Scott Miller, a psychologist at the University of Utah, of optical differences in people with multiple personality. Dr. Miller had an opthalmologist give a battery of standard optical tests to 10 patients and a control group of nonpatients. After each battery, the opthalmologist would leave the room while the patient switched personalties, sometimes at will and sometimes with prompting, then return and repeat the test.

The study included a control group of another 10 people who feigned switching personalties, unknown to the examiner, to remove a potential source of bias.

The study, which will be published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, found that there were significant changes in visual acuity, in the shape and curvature of the eye and in refraction from personality to personality in the real patients, but hardly any among the others tested.

The opthalmic exam also found some clinical differences apart from the standard tests. One woman had three personalities, aged 5, 17 and 35. When the five-year-old was examined, she had a condition, common in childhood, known as ”lazy eye,” in which one eye turns in toward the nose. The condition was not present in the 17-year-old or the 35-year-old.

Similar differences were found in other patients. ”One patient had had his left eye injured in a fight, so that it turned out,” said Dr. Miller. ”But the condition only appeared in one of his personalities. It disappeared in the others, nor was there any evidence of muscle imbalance.”

This is just more to soak in.  Even our physical imbalances can be cured by consciousness.  It’s only necessary that we prop up those institutions to balance us, then many of our illnesses are gone.

The study corroborates an observation of vision differences that had often been made by those treating multiple-personality cases. ”Many patients have told me they have a drawer full of eyeglasses at home, and they never are quite sure which to bring when they go out,” Dr. Braun said. How Mind Regulates Biology

The medical phenomena being discovered in multiple personalities stretch the imagination, but researchers believe that they represent only the extreme end of a normal continuum. The effects found in these patients, they say, are graphic examples of the power of states of mind to regulate the body’s biology. By studying them, researchers hope to find clues to links between mind and body that can help people with other psychiatric problems, as well as point the way to powers of healing that may one day be of use in treating normal medical patients.

“The Key to All Problems is the Problem of Consciousness.”  Many of us wonder what a Community Center can do about their health concerns.  It’s over-evident: Everything.  Even unhealthy food can be counterbalanced by a proper consciousness.  Though, with an African Blood Siblings Community Center, the proper consciousness involves a study of Ecology, a scientific realization that our economy should benefit us.  Not only will our consciousness improve our health, but we’ll control our economy that our diet will complement our consciousness and facilitate an exemplary state of health like our ancestors and our separated Siblings.  See again the case of Suriname in “See the hope for Africa in Suriname’s “Bizarre Food””

The lesson for psychophysiology from multiple personalities is that a given personality has as its biological underpinning a specific pattern of mental and biological states, according to Dr. Frank Putnam, a psychiatrist at the Laboratory of Developmental Psychology at the National Institute of Health. In a sense, Dr. Putnam said, there is a ”biological self” that corresponds to the psychological self; as the psychological one shifts, so does the biological.

”We have a work self and a play self, for instance, but we are the same person,” said Dr. Putnam. ”But each of those selves has its own repertoire of emotional states, memories and, to some extent, an underlying biological pattern. Those minor differences are seen in their extremes in the patients with multiple personality.”

Clearly stated, there are three fundamental ‘cultures’ Originalism, Occidentalism and Orientalism.  These three have three fundamental psychological patterns.  These three have three fundamental biological resonances.

You as an African resonate with Originalism, but are learning Occidentalism and Orientalism.  This is causing biological impediments and physical ailments.  You can restore yourself by living Originalism.

The only organization in the world explicitly promoting Originalist lifestyles for the whole of the African world is the African Blood Siblings.  If you truly want to solve the problems of the African race, you will email the ABS about helping to build African Blood Siblings Community Centers.

The biological differences found in the patients, Dr. Putnam believes, reflect the range of states of mind that each sub-personality typically manifests. Many of them are extreme: the terrror of a frightened child, the hatred of an avenger.

”A given state of consciousness has its biological reality,” said Dr. Putnam. ”By keeping these states separate and distinct, the patients create biologically separate selves.” Mechanism of Change

Again, Originalism has a biological reality that resonates with you.  Your only two  source of Originalism are the African Blood Siblings Newsletter, which you should share, and the African Blood Siblings Community Center, which you should build.  Subscribe, share, love.  Read, Write, Rally.

Dr. Putnam, who has done extensive research on patients with multiple personalities, is now focusing his interest on how they switch from one personality to another. During the switch, there is typically a period of seconds or even minutes when heart rate, breath rate and other physiological markers show a disorganization, which is followed by a new pattern typical of the personality that is emerging.

Some of the most striking changes occur in the tension levels of the person’s facial muscles. It is almost as though the person were donning a new face, according to Dr. Putnam.

The changes also include blood flow patterns in the brain, according to findings by Dr. Putnam and other researchers. The blood flow changes were observed while different personalities performed the same mental tasks.

”The transitions in children from one extreme state to another is every bit as abrupt as in the patients,” said Dr. Putnam. ”You see it in the child who switches from crying to laughing, or who cries himself to sleep. Normally, adults don’t switch that abruptly; one of the tasks of growing is learning to keep the switching under control. Children have to make an effort so that their school self doesn’t behave like their home self, for instance.”

This is more important than it looks.  We as Originals only behave like our “Original selves” in deeply intimate contexts and even then not too often.  Think about what a difference it would be if we had an edifice where we can be widely sociable in the consciousness which most suits us, that of restoring Africa, that of Originalism.  This is the African Blood Siblings Community Center.  This is what you are called to build.  Right now, you take on an Occidental consciousness at work, at home, at school, even online.  You can take on an Original consciousness at an African Blood Siblings Community Center, with other Community Members, and thus be healthy, sane and helpful in your Community.  Write to build.

In the children who respond to severe abuse by developing multiple personalities, Dr. Putnam believes, the usual integration of various ”selves” did not occur. Such children seem to make use of two psychological capacities to protect themselves against the pain of abuse. One is the ability to enter an altered state of consciousnsess, such as a hypnotic trance, an ability that peaks at around the age of nine. Another is the capacity to dissociate, to separate one aspect of experience from another.

”It’s adaptive for the children to keep the states separate, so that they can keep the awareness of the abuse from their other selves,” said Dr. Putnam. ”That way the feelings and memories don’t flood them while they are at school, for instance.” Universal Phenomenon

Marimba Ani provides a wonderful conversation on the de-spiritualization of school.  This is fundamentally the same concept as being forced Occidentalism in school.  Read about it here: Notes on Marimba Ani’s “Yurugu” Lecture

The switches that patients with multiple personality go through are a special case of a universal phenomenon, according to an article by Dr. Putnam in the current issue of Dissociation, a journal devoted to multiple personality and related disorders. Anyone who goes from one extreme emotional state to another undergoes major biological shifts akin to those observed in those with multiple personality, according to Dr. Putnam. They are no different from the plunges into extreme emotion seen, for instance, in patients who go from depression to a manic state, or in someone having a panic attack, he said.

The key bold word is “Anyone.”  Anyone going from Originalism, to Occidentalism, to Orientalism, undergoes major biological shifts.  Now it’s about achieving biological resonance and operating at your fullest capacity.  That’s why you are called to build an African Blood Siblings Community Center.

”But the switches are harder to catch in other disorders; they’re more random,” said Dr. Putnam. ”But some multiples can switch six times in an hour. They’re a better laboratory for study.”

Through studying such patients, Dr. Braun believes, wider medical applications may be discovered. He points, for instance, to one patient who had a blood pressure of 150/110 when one personality was in control, and a pressure of only 90/60 when another personality took over.

Recall that Africans in America are considered as having ‘high blood pressure.’  In other words, lowering one’s blood pressure is a matter of having an environment where one can be their African selves.  You can save lives by building an African Blood Siblings Community Center and thus a Prosperous, Independent African Community.

”They can teach us much about the mechanisms by which we shift from one state of consciousness to another,” Dr. Putnam said. ”Most of psychiatry deals with helping people shift from one unpleasant state to another, more pleasant one.”

Not to be repetitive.  But it should be made clear what your calling is.  Subscribe to this newsletter, certainly.  In fact, invite many others to subscribe.  Every African person should be connected with the African Blood Sibings.

Share this article certainly.  But actually share all of the articles on this newsletter and share them often.  Get all of us reading everything here printed.

But importantly love.  Love by rallying twenty people in your age grade to help build an African Blood Siblings Community Center.  The biological advantages are self-evident.  With your help, our whole race can become Loving, Knowledgeable and Wise.  Reflect then act.

Thank you for sharing, any comments?

5 thoughts on “Of Critiquing Goleman’s “Probing the Enigma of Multiple Personality”

    1. Onitaset Post author

      Do tell. I just lost a subscriber.

      If the subscriber was an African, then if this is one of my best, I’m in for trouble.

      If the subscriber was a European, then while it’s pleasant to lose that reader, I still didn’t gain a thing.

      Hmmmm.

      But I’ll take your comment as a compliment.

      On 8/12 I do a bit of self-aggrandizing. I hope that, that is one of my best too. It’s a bit over-the-top to praise oneself before an audience, but it’s a bit necessary to establish into our minds that we can look upon ourselves and lose nothing.

      It’s good to hear from you Sister truthbetold.

      Reply
      1. diaryofanegress

        I tried to converse with another black woman about what’s going on in our communities and she told me she doesn’t agree with my thinking.

        In fact, she fights me.

        I’ve come to the understanding that some black people are happy being in the dark. It’s sad but if that’s what they want…so be it. Don’t beat yourself up.

      2. Onitaset Post author

        It remains to be seen that we wouldn’t be happier in the light. However, to penetrate into that darkness requires quite a bit of work. We must go to the person on the street and speak recognizing that our experiences as being peers or superiors to Europeans is different than those we aim to reach; who, generally, either never regarded themselves as peers or superiors or worse regard Africans as inferiors.

        It’s work, but it’s necessary work considering how African people are due greatness.

        Thanks for helping our people. Email me about your approach.

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