Too Many Words
Can somebody please explain why humans have so many words to describe the exact same things?
For instance, narcissism is just the parasitic mind state in humans. For some reason we have a bunch of different words to describe different aspects of it though.
Narcissism as experienced at the individual level:
— Narcissistic personality disorder
— Bipolar disorder
— Borderline personality disorder
— Dissociative personality disorder
— Any social label (usually those that end with “ist”) in which a person presumes to hold moral authority over others
Narcissism as experienced at the group level:
— Belief systems
— Gangs, Social Groups and Cliques
— All forms of tribalism, etc…
Narcissism as experienced at the species level:
— Solipsism, etc..
These are all just different angles and degrees of intensity for the same shit. We don’t need a bunch of different words for it.
And if you need help connecting the dots then I’m happy to explain it for you…
Narcissism is based in idealism (the imagination; the inner world) and is thus fundamentally divorced from reality, meaning it’s an expression of psychosis, or more accurately, that psychosis is an essential function of narcissism.
The short of it is, experiencers of this phenomenon were either directly or indirectly psychologically wounded, resulting in trauma (a phobia of disempowerment, which sources to life events in which people were psychologically damaged as a result of either not being strong enough to protect themselves from harm, or powerful enough to capture things they felt they needed for safety and survival) which manifests as a range of violent or escapist attitudes, outlooks and behaviors — including but not limited to internal and external deception, theft, scarcity, competition, aggression, avoidance, cowardice, blame and scapegoating, self-idealizing, self-justification, and a high propensity to engage in various forms of assault, etc.
Narcissism is and/or represents the perceptive outlook shifting to a state of self-preservation, in which sufferers unconsciously equate dominating (being superior to and thus living and benefitting at the expense of) others, or avoiding reality itself with “survival”. Narcissists only feel safe when in the presence of people and things that reflect their identity (the story they tell themselves about the world around them and their place and value within it) back to them. Narcissists live in a world of mirrors, and feel mortally threatened whenever anyone or anything challenges or alters their reflection.
Everything that doesn’t reflect the narcissist’s identity back to them triggers them into a state of cognitive dissonance (an allergic reaction the mind experiences whenever reality or people or things within it don’t align with and verify the inner story), and thus compels them to compete for survival — to compete for attention (to try to direct focus to their identity and/or inner story) and compete for authority (to try to claim the power to determine meanings, order and the outcome of events).
Describing different facets or functions of one condition is like labeling each symptom of a disease as its own disease though. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s like saying “Mucus discharge is so fundamentally different from sneezing and coughing that we’re going to dedicate a field of contemplation to each of them respectively!”, when in reality they’d all trace to viruses, pathogens and autoimmune disorders.
What’s even wilder though is the fact that this post is very likely to proof itself in real time, in the sense that chances are one or several people are going to read (likely skim) a few lines or terms and then rush to compete for attention and authority. They’ll do this because either who I am and how I perform (as compared to who and how they think they are), or what I’m saying doesn’t reflect their identity and identity features (the meanings they’ve internalized) back to them.
Ooh, another one…
Autism (the spectrum) is what you call it when the mind processes information and reality nonlinearly. When a person’s autistic their mind doesn’t process information modally and/or sequentially, but instead through clusters, waves or movements of information. Autistic people think (and learn) primarily in systems, not steps. For such individuals, sequencing, which is breaking clusters, waves, movements (systems), down into steps is happenstance to thinking systemically and/or in terms of movements between systems.
Put it like this…
While most people think in lines (left, right, up, down), folks on the spectrum think in spheres, cones, cubes, etc (higher geometrical structures), and thus analyze and synthesize in terms of complex structures, which basically allows them to lap those who think in lines when it comes to consuming and processing data. It’s top-down thinking vs ground up thinking — it’s thinking in frames as opposed to learning and building with single units at a time. It’s thinking in chords and arpeggios instead of static melodies.
And the more adept and organized a person is at breaking complex structures and systems down into lines is the more intelligent (genius) they’ll appear to those who think primarily in lines.
People who suffer from OCD are on the spectrum too. They gravitate to behavioral patterns that reward them with serotonin, which is the chemical reward attached to accomplishment. Also, finding simple and direct linear patterns to execute can give them a sense of grounding in a world where most things work modally while they think primarily in terms of shapes and movements — that is, they can find that keeping to sequential structure can be used to ground the apperception.
Humans keep describing the same stuff with different words; ironically focusing on different aspects of the exact same things.
(And y’all don’t have a branch word I can use for these effects, so I’ll have to supply one from the principle side)
Hungry Ego (Parasite):
— Emotional volatility
What humans call “ego” is literally a physical parasite in the human body. It’s concentrated in the frontal lobes and spread throughout the autonomic nervous system. This parasite houses what we refer to as the perception-apperception, which is basically a secondary thought process supplanted onto the would be natural human mind. This parasite subsists on hormones and neurotransmitters produced by the human body (mainly hypothalamus and gut). So for instance, the parasite feeds on oxytocin, vasopressin, dopamine, serotonin, insulin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol, etc.
It works like this…
The ego uses perception to alter reality in the mind of the host towards steering the host to pursue and indulge in substances and behaviors that will force the body to produce higher levels of hormones and neurotransmitters for it to feed on. So for instance, if the ego wants insulin it will use perception to alter reality in the host’s mind, causing the person to believe they crave sweet and fatty foods. If the parasite wants oxytocin or vasopressin it can make a person feel horny or starved for attention and affection. If the parasite wants serotonin it can make the individual crave accomplishment or non intimate connection with others, etc.
Addiction is a secondary hunger — the hunger of the ego parasite. If the ego wants insulin then how it gets insulin is by tricking its host into consuming sweet and fatty foods. If it wants epinephrine or norepinephrine then how it gets those chemicals is by enticing the host to crave or pursue and indulge in risky behavior, etc…
Attempting to use primary action to satisfy secondary hunger just doesn’t work effectively though, and will burn through the host’s body if it goes unchecked. At any rate, addiction still represents a hungry ego parasite — as does boredom, depression and emotional volatility.
When the parasite’s hungry it (implicitly) says:
“You’re *bored. Do something to increase chemical output — specifically towards getting the hormones and neurotransmitters I desire now.”
“You’re *depressed. I’m causing you to hurt inside because you’re not doing enough to feed me, or ensure that food will be available for me when I’m ready to consume.”
“You’re *addicted to this thing you just did, because something you consumed or engaged in significantly increased chemical production, and we’re doing that from this point forward! In fact, I will punish you (withdrawal) if you don’t maintain or increase the behavior I now associate with consumption!”
“I’m just going to be emotionally volatile (teeter/be all over the place) until you feed me. And in the process of being all over the place, I’m going to tucker myself out, so that by the time you do what’s required to feed me it won’t be enough and I’ll put pressure on you to do more!”
Boredom, depression, addiction, emotional volatility — it’s all the same thing; it’s all just a bug within you putting pressure on you to do things to satisfy its appetite. You’re just looking at different angles, and levels of intensity for the exact same shit.
Humans use way too many words (which is super ironic coming from me)…
31+ terms broken down into just 3.