This is entry three in this new themed series of blog posts in which, as part of my ongoing quest for greater self awareness and my continued personal and professional development, I pick a key word and write about it for a set amount of time. And you’ve probably spotted the theme by now. Let me know if you have, or you could always leave a comment on here with a new word for me to explore or you could suggest one on Twitter (@Iain_D_Stewart).
This week the key word is MIND, and I’ll be writing for twenty minutes, and I have actually set a timer this week.
So, mind then. Definitely a bit different to soul the other week. Our mind, to me, is very much what occupies our brain, and what we use to think about our friends and family, or remember good times, or solve mathematics problems.
I was always interested in psychology when I was younger, and wanted to study psychology and philosophy at GCSE level at college. The career advisor, seeng that my highest grade was in art, told me in no uncertain terms that I couldn’t do psychology or philosophy, and that he suggested I do art instead. I didn’t really feel like I had a choice, so I went on to study art at college. I mean, I was pretty good, but to be honest I was slow. And easily distracted. I enjoyed it but never felt anyone would pay me for anything I’d drawn. I then proceeded to forget about psychology and philosophy, having been told I wasn’t allowed to study those subjects by an authority figure. Back then, colleges and universities were really the only way to learn, and seeing as I’d used my “free” years of further education on art, I figured I’d just move on. I lamented this decision often and it contributed to me to feeling very unsatisfied with my life.
Anyway, scroll on twenty years and there has been a digital education revolution. Jane bought me a Kindle about a year or so ago, and I’ve bought so many books for it, in an incredibly diverse range of subjects. I’ve found that the understanding comes very easily to me. Discovering The Red Pill and all that entails has opened my eyes to more than just intersexual relations. Since discovering an amazing corner of Twitter that encourages physical and mental self improvement, I have strived to become the best version of myself. I’ve started counselling training, a psychological career that also has a philosophical aspect to it, with the aim being to help people become the best versions of themselves.
To link it back to mind, well, I’m improving my own mind every single day. From what I’ve learned through books and from my experiences and observations in real life, I have connected some dots and consolidated some ideas of my own. I can see how Frued’s theory of a three part psychic apparatus, the ego, id and superego correspond to different parts of the human brain. It’s a pet theory, and I’ve never really put it out there for public scrutiny, it was just a series of thoughts that connected to other thoughts.
Here we go.
The id roughly corresponds to the limbic system. It is one of the oldest parts of the brain, and communicates with you not with words or thoughts, but via electric signals and surges of hormones, bodily energy, which you interpret as primal instincts or urges. It is commonly referred to as the lizard-brain. It lets you know if it thinks a situation is dangerous by releasing adrenaline, or if it thinks you should mate with that female by getting your heart beating, and pumping blood into your penis. Just like the limbic system, the id deals with primal instincts and urges.
I’ve run out of time now, but I think I’ll run over on purpose, and write a little about the other two connections. I can go into more detail if anyone is interested at a later date. The superego corresponds in part to the prefrontal cortex and the temporal cortex. Not exactly on a 1:1 basis, but parts of them at least. Those parts of the brain are similar to the superego in that our superego is like our conscience, and helps us manage how we traverse time. The ego, which tries to balance the desires of the other two parts of the brain is similar to the neo cortex, if I remember correctly. I’m going by memory, trying to hurry this along a bit, doing myself a disservice, but I digress.
Another idea I’ve had is that the body is the unconscious mind, but I think I will go into this one at a later date and do it the justice it deserves.