I have a strong tendency to agree with the viewpoint expressed in the OP. Cognitive behavioural therapy is based on this mindset and it works! Generally our lives are dominate to the hilt by our inner desires. We are slaves to food, drugs, repressed emotions, all sorts. The winners of life are those who recognize that they are susceptible to these things, grab them by the horns and bring them out into the open where they can be scrutinised with objectivity.
Personality disorders and defects arise when one programs themselves negatively. For example, an avoidant will repeatedly tell themselves that they are worthless and useless and it slowly sinks in, over the years. The end result is a shell of a human being, worthless and useless because of their own conditioning. All addictive behaviours have a root in bad conditioning as well. Suppressed emotions, shame, etc; there is a mountain of evidence to suggest that gambling, alcoholi, sex and even drug addictions arise from this behaviour. With this in mind, how amazing is it that LSD-25, an agent that throws one into a dark room of introspection, locks the door and throws away the key until sanity is restored, is a more powerful tool for treating such behaviours than the 12-step process? Either way the worst is the schizoid condition and let it be assured that none of you want to get into that mindset
How consistent is this viewpoint though? Without even including the Quran in the picture, this technique works in LIFE! I recommend interested peeps look up "NLP" and so on (IIRC most people on here know about this). It's very very easy to take control of your own psyche, the only thing that's needed is an inner desire to actively change yourself. I wish I knew these things in childhood but it's better late than never. Some people rot in old age, still unaware of such a simple yet beautiful concept.
For me to realise this it took a tremendous kick in the rear from something which most will look down on. Much kudos to whoever (re?)introduced this concept to all, you are clearly miles ahead of everyone else in your journey. One thing engrained into my heart is that objectivity is the key to everything. If you lie to yourself, you will eventually end up believing the lies. And so another easily remedied "personality disorder" develops...
Woe to those who program but are heedless of thier programming!
- think about it
Exactly so. I'm pleasantly surprised to find this thread because I've just come out of a hell of a rut, everything I learnt is perhaps summed up entirely in this thread. If this is "salat" then there is no way it can be summarised in a few words, the more the better.