The Praxis Of Psychology.
(Personal note.)

Dean Gotcher

"The philosophy of praxis [dialogue, i.e., "self" 'justification'] is the absolute secularization of thought, an absolute humanism of history." (Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks) "I feel" and "I think," i.e., the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, i.e., the "building of relationship upon common self interest" makes truth subjective, i.e., subject to the carnal nature of the child, i.e., to the love of pleasure (dopamine emancipation) and the hate of restraint, i.e., subject to "human nature" and the world that stimulates it (and anyone manipulating it and therefore seducing, deceiving, and manipulating the child), negating the father's/Father's authority in the child's thoughts and action (there is no father's/Father's authority in dialogue, in an opinion, or in the consensus process), negating the guilty conscience (which the father's/Father's authority engenders) for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning ("lusting") in the process, so all children can do wrong, disobey, sin ("lust") with impunity (affirmation).

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:16

"And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:15

"The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the father's/Father's will, i.e., having to set aside your carnal desires of the 'moment,' i.e., having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline your "self" in order (as in "old" world order) to do the father's/Father's will, i.e., in order to do right and not wrong according the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth], and desperately wicked [hating the father's/Father's authority that "gets in the way," i.e. that prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks you from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' that the world stimulates]: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 You can not see your "self interest," which includes your hate of restraint, as being evil, i.e., "wicked" ("desperately wicked") because your love of pleasure ("self interest"), getting in the way, blinds you to it. Like a drug, pleasure (dopamine emancipation), i.e., "self interest" which the world stimulates blinds you to your hatred toward restraint, i.e., blinds you to your "wickedness" which is being expressed toward those who are preventing (or trying to prevent) you from having access to the drug, i.e., to pleasure (dopamine emancipation) when you are doing wrong, disobeying, sinning—making you not just wicked but "desperately wicked" in your effort to attain it, keep it, or get it back

The praxis of psychology is, through the use of dialogue, the 'justification' of "self," i.e., the 'justification' of the child's carnal nature, i.e., the love of pleasure and hate of restraint, i.e., "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," i.e., "human nature" over and therefore against the father's/Father's authority, i.e., having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline "self" in order to do right and not wrong according to the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth.

"According to Freud, the ultimate essence of our being is erotic, and demands activity according to the pleasure-principle [the child's carnal nature]. The foundation on which the man of the future will be built is already there, in the repressed unconscious [in the child's carnal nature, i.e., in his desire for the pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates and his dissatisfaction with restraint, i.e., the father's/Father's authority]; the foundation has to be recovered [through dialogue, i.e., by putting the child's carnal nature into practice, i.e., into social action (praxis)]." "Eros is fundamentally a desire for union with objects in the world." "Eros is the foundation of morality." (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)

"Self-perfection of the human individual is fulfilled in union with the world in pleasure." (Brown, Life Against Death)

"Self-actualizing people have to a large extent transcended the values of their culture [their parent's/God's authority aka the father's/Father's authority]. They are not so much merely Americans as they are world citizens, members of the human species first and foremost." (Abraham Maslow, Farther Reaches of Human Nature)

"To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right') In other words: "Lust" "reconciles us to "the world," requiring the negation of the father's/Father's authority in order to enjoy it without having a guilty conscience.

"'It is not really a decisive matter whether one has killed one's father or abstained from the deed,' if the function of the conflict and its consequences are the same [the father no longer exercises his authority or has authority over his children in the home, forcing them to do right and not wrong according to his established commands, rules, facts, and truth that go against their nature, i.e., their carnal desires of the 'moment,' that the world stimulates]." His history is of civilization (what he based psychology on) is that of children who, loving the pleasures of the 'moment,' what he called "incest," hating the father's/Father's authority (restraint), what he called a "barrier to incest," not only "killed" the father but ate ("devoured") him as well. "... the hatred against patriarchal suppression—a 'barrier to incest,' ... the desire (for the sons) to return to the mother culminates in the rebellion of the exiled sons, the collective killing and devouring of the father." (Sigmund Freud in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: a psychological inquiry into Freud)

"As the Frankfurt School [Theodor Adorno, Erich Fromm, etc., including Kurt Lewin who edited their newspaper] wrestled with how to 'reinvigorate Marx', they 'found the missing link in Freud.'" (Martin Jay, The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-1950)

Sigmund Freud believed "the individual is emancipated in the social group." "Freud speaks of religion as a 'substitute-gratification'—the Freudian analogue to the Marxian formula, 'opiate of the people.'" "Freud commented that only through the solidarity of all the participants could the sense of guilt [the guilty conscience for disobeying the father/Father] be assuaged." (Brown, Life Against Death)

"Third-Force psychology is also epi-Marxian in these senses, i.e., including the most basic scheme as true-good social conditions [an environment void of the father's/Father's authority, i.e., an environment where children can "actualize" their "self" without fear of judgment or condemnation] are necessary for personal growth, bad social conditions [where children have to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline their "self" in order to do the father's/Father's aka their parents will] stunt human nature,... This is to say, one could reinterpret Marx into a self-actualization-fostering Third- and Fourth-Force psychology-philosophy. And my impression is anyway that this is the direction in which they are going now." "The whole discussion becomes species-wide, One World." "This is a realistic combination of the Marxian version & the Humanistic. (Better add to definition of "humanistic" that it also means one species, One World.)" (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow)

"It is not individualism [the child having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline his "self" in order to do right and not wrong according to the father's/Father's established commands, rules, facts, and truth, having to stand alone against "the group" when they are doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, i.e., "lusting"] that fulfills the individual, on the contrary it destroys him [makes him "neurotic"—caught between doing the father's/Father's will and doing his own will instead, when his will, i.e., his carnal desires ("lusts") of the 'moment,' and his father's/Father's will, i.e., doing right and not wrong according to established commands, rules, facts, and truth are in conflict with one another]. Society ["human relationship based upon self interest," i.e., "building relationship" with others, based upon the child's carnal desires, i.e., one's "self interest," i.e., finding one's identity, i.e., "self" in the other, i.e., in "the group," i.e., in society] is the necessary framework through which freedom [from the father's/Father's authority] and individuality [to be "of and for self" and the world only] are made realities." (Karl Marx, in John Lewis, The Life and Teachings of Karl Marx)

"The child, contrary to appearance, is the absolute, the rationality of the relationship; he is what is enduring and everlasting, the totality which produces itself once again as such [once he is 'liberated' from the father'/Father's authority to become as he was before the father's/Father's first command, rule, fact, or truth came into his life (separating him from his "self" and the world), of (and now for) "self" and the world only]." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life)

"Authoritarian submission [humbling, denying, dying to, controlling, disciplining "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will] was conceived of as a very general attitude that would be evoked in relation to a variety of authority figures—parents, older people, leaders, supernatural power, and so forth." "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." "Submission to authority, desire for a strong leader, subservience of the individual to the state [parental authority, local control, Nationalism], and so forth, have so frequently and, as it seems to us, correctly, been set forth as important aspects of the Nazi creed that a search for correlates of prejudice had naturally to take these attitudes into account." "The power-relationship between the parents, the domination of the subject's family by the father or by the mother, and their relative dominance in specific areas of life also seemed of importance for our problem [how to 'liberate' children from parental authority, man from God's authority, mankind from Nationalism aka Fascism, etc., so they can be their "self," i.e., "actualize" their "self," no longer seeing their "self" as being subject to a higher authority other then to their carnal desires of the 'moment']." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)

"Personal relations between men have this character of alienation. Hegel and Marx have laid the foundations for the understanding of the problem of alienation." "We are proud that in his conduct of life man has become free from external authorities, which tell him what to do and what not to do." "Both the sadistic and the masochistic trends are caused by the inability of the isolated individual to stand alone and his need for a symbiotic relationship [some external authority over him] to overcome this aloneness." [Fromm believed that man could] "not take the last logical step, to give up 'God' and to establish a concept of man as a being who is alone in the world, but who can feel at home in it if he achieves union with his fellow man and with nature." "All that matters is that the opportunity for genuine activity be restored to the individual; that the purposes of society and of his own become identical." (Erick Fromm, Escape from Freedom)

"In the dialogic relation of recognizing oneself in the other, they experience the common ground of their existence." (Jürgen Habermas, Knowledge & Human Interest, Chapter Three: The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory) It is in dialogue we discover our commonality with one another, i.e., our common "self interests" in each other, 'justifying' our "self," i.e., "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life," i.e., what which we have in common, i.e., that which is "of the world" only.

"Prior to therapy the person is prone to ask himself, 'What would my parents want me to do?' During the process of therapy the individual come to ask himself, 'What does it mean to me?'" (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"Experience is, for me, the highest authority." "Neither the Bible nor the prophets, neither the revelations of God can take precedence over my own direct experience." (Rogers, on becoming a person)

"Sense experience must be the basis of all science." "Science is only genuine science when it proceeds from sense experience, in the two forms of sense perception and sensuous need, that is, only when it proceeds from Nature." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) "Behavioral science," by 'discovering' through dialogue the child's own "feelings," i.e., his "sense experiences" of the past and the present is able to "help" the child recreate the world in accordance to his own carnal nature ("lusts"), 'justifying' the overthrow of parental authority aka nationalism, under God, without having a guilty conscience. This is the same praxis that took place in the garden in Eden.

"To experience Freud is to partake a second time of the forbidden fruit;" (Brown, Life Against Death)

"If the guilt accumulated in the civilized domination of man by man can ever be redeemed by freedom, then the 'original sin' must be committed again: 'We must again eat from the tree of knowledge in order to fall back into the state of innocence.'" (Marcuse, Eros and Civilization)

Psychology (Marxism), i.e., the negation of the father's/Father's authority, i.e., the 'liberation' of the child's carnal nature from the father's/Father's authority in the classroom:

"A change in the curriculum is a change in the people concerned—in teachers, in students, in parents ....." "Curriculum change means that the group involved must shift its approval from the old to some new set of reciprocal behavior patterns." "... people involved who were loyal to the older pattern [paradigm] must be helped to transfer their allegiance to the new." "Re-education aims to change the system of values and beliefs [paradigm] of an individual or a group." (Kenneth D. Benne, Human Relations in Curriculum Change)

"To create effectively a new set of attitudes and values [paradigm], the individual must undergo great reorganization of his personal beliefs and attitudes and he must be involved in an environment which in many ways is separated from the previous environment in which he was developed." "...many of these changes are produced by association with peers who have less authoritarian points of view, as well as through the impact of a great many courses of study in which the authoritarian pattern is in some ways brought into question while more rational and nonauthoritarian behaviors are emphasized." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain; commonly referred to as "Blooms' Taxonomies," i.e., "a psychological classification system," Book 1: Cognitive Domain, curriculum by which all teachers are certified and schools accredited today. Do not be fooled, although marketed as "academics," i.e., teaching "higher order thinking skills," they are all about paradigm 'change,' i.e., 'changing' the way students think about and act toward authority, i.e., parental authority.)

"There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)

"It was the view of the group that educational objectives stated in the behavior form have their counterparts in the behavior of individuals, observable and describable therefore classifiable [true science defines laws as "observable and repeatable" (objective), not "observable and describable" (subjective)]." "Only those educational programs which can be specified in terms of intended student behaviors can be classified." "What we are classifying is the intended behavior of students—the ways in which individuals are to act, think, or feel as the result of participating in some unit of instruction." "Obedience and compliance are hardly ideal goals." (Book 1, Cognitive Domain) Bloom admitted years later: "Certainly the Taxonomy was unproved at the time it was developed and may well be 'unprovable.'" (Benjamin Bloom, Forty Year Evaluation)

"The child takes on the characteristic behavior of the group in which he is placed. . . . he reflects the behavior patterns [paradigm] which are set by the adult leader of the group." (Kurt Lewin in Wilbur Brookover, A Sociology of Education)

"Change in methods of leadership is probably the quickest way to bring about a change in the cultural atmosphere of a group." "Any real change of the culture [paradigm] of a group is, therefore, interwoven with the changes of the power constellation within the group." (Barker, Dembo, & Lewin, "frustration and regression: an experiment with young children" in Child Behavior and Development)

"Without exception, [children/students] enter group therapy [the "group grade" classroom] with the history of a highly unsatisfactory experience in their first and most important group—their primary family [the traditional home with parents telling them what they can and can not do]." "What better way to help [the child/the student] recapture the past than to allow him to re-experience and reenact ancient feelings [resentment, hostility] toward parents in his current relationship to the therapist [the "educator," i.e., the facilitator of 'change]? The ["educator," i.e., facilitator of 'change'] is the living personification of all parental images [takes the place of the parent]. Group [facilitators] refuse to fill the traditional authority role: they do not lead in the ordinary manner, they do not provide answers and solutions [teach right from wrong], they urge the group [the children/the students] to explore and to employ its own resources [to dialogue their "feelings," i.e., their desires and dissatisfactions of the 'moment' in the "light" of the situation, i.e., their desire for group approval (affirmation)]. The group [the children/the students must] feel free to confront the ["educator," i.e., the facilitator of 'change'], who must not only permit, but encourage, such confrontation [rebellion and anarchy]. He [the child/the student] reenacts early family scripts in the group and, if therapy [brainwashing—washing from the child's/student's brain (thoughts) respect for and fear of the father's/Father's authority] is successful, is able to experiment with new behavior, to break free from the locked family role [submitting to the father's/Father's authority, i.e., doing the father's/Father's will] he once occupied. … the patient [the child/the student] changes the past by reconstituting it [called role-playing]." (Irvin D. Yalom, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy)

"…there is no more important issue than the interrelationship of the group members." "To question the value or activities of the group, would be to thrust himself into a state of dissonance [where the person is caught between his carnal desires ("feelings," i.e., "self interests") of the 'moment' and his belief (established commands, rules, facts, and truth)]." (Yalom)

"Few individuals, as Asch has shown, can maintain their objectivity [their belief, i.e., their faith in authority, be it in their parent's and/or God's authority] in the face of apparent group unanimity [especially when "the group" is excluding, i.e., rejecting the child because of his "ridged," i.e., "prejudiced," i.e., unadaptable to 'change' "negative" attitude, i.e., his holding onto his parents, i.e., the father's/Father's standards, i.e., preaching, teaching, and attempting to discuss commands, rules, facts, and truth to/with "the group" while "the group" is heading down the road, hand in hand enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the child desires himself, "enjoying" them without him, i.e., excluding (rejecting) him in the process for the way he is thinking and acting, i.e., for not joining with them, 'justifying' their (and his) carnal nature over and therefore against their (and his) parent's authority, i.e., the father's/Father's authority]." (Yalom)

"For to accept that solution [where all citizens, including parents, must participate in the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, i.e., stop telling one another they are wrong—in order to build relationship with one another (based upon "feelings," i.e., upon everyone's carnal desires, i.e., upon everyone's "self interest" of the 'moment')], even in theory, would be tantamount to observing society from a class standpoint [from the child's perspective, i.e., from the child's carnal nature] other than that of the bourgeoisie [from the parent's authority, i.e., from the father's/Father's authority]. And no class can do that-unless it is willing to abdicate its power freely [chose relationship with those who are wrong instead of holding them accountable for doing wrong—correcting, reproving, chastening them when they do wrong, casting them out when they reject, i.e., question, challenge, deny, disregard, attack right-wrong thinking, i.e., the father's/Father's authority]." "... the central problem is to change reality.… reality with its 'obedience to laws.'" (György Lukács, History & Class Consciousness: What is Orthodox Marxism?) By parent's participating in psychology, i.e., in the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus, regarding issues of right and wrong, the "problem" of parental authority, i.e., "'obedience to laws'" is resolved, i.e., the father's/Father's authority and the guilty conscience, which the father's/Father's authority engenders for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning ("lusting"), is negated., allowing the children and their parents to build relationship with one another based upon their carnal nature, i.e. on what they have in common—which is the basis of common-ism.

When dialogue (psychology) comes into the "church," i.e., the 'bible study," the "youth group," the "board meeting," etc., regarding God's Word, i.e., the Lord's leading, the "church" has become apostate, subject to the opinions of men. Question its use today, even in the "church" and you will quickly know its control over men, i.e., their intoxication with, addiction to, and possession by it, i.e., their rejection of the father's/Father's authority regarding their thoughts and actions, embracing ('justifying') their carnal nature, i.e., their love of "self" and this world, i.e., "the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" instead. Those who defend it with "there is some good in it" are deceived, taking pleasure in deceiving others. There is some good in rat poison (only 2% is poison) but I will not eat rat poison for lunch. The very act (praxis) of dialogue, i.e., psychology, i.e., "self" 'justification' (when it comes to right and wrong, i.e., the father's/Father's authority) is the poison in rat poison.

The 'purpose' for psychology, i.e., of replacing discussion (commands, rules, facts, and truth) with dialogue ("feelings," i.e., opinion) in communication, when it comes to doing right and not wrong is to "prevent someone who KNOWS from filling the empty space," so children (psychiatrists) can be or become their "self," i.e., at-one-with the world according to their carnal nature only, without having a sense of guilt, i.e., a guilty conscience, which the father's/Father's authority engenders, for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning ("lusting"). (Wilfred Bion, A Memoir of the Future)

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:" Romans 7:18

"It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." Jeremiah 10:23

"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful. The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good. He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil." Psalms 36:1-4

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3, 4

Facilitators of 'change,' i.e., psychologists, i.e., behavioral "scientists," i.e., "group psychotherapists," i.e., Marxists (Transformational Marxists)—all being the same in method or formula—are using the dialoguing of opinions to a consensus (affirmation) process, i.e., dialectic 'reasoning' ('reasoning' from/through the students "feelings" of the 'moment,' i.e., from/through their "lust" for pleasure and their hate of restraint, in the "light" of their desire for group approval, i.e., affirmation and fear of group rejection) in the "group grade," "safe zone/space/place," "Don't be negative, be positive," soviet style, brainwashing (washing the father's/Father's authority from the children's thoughts and actions, i.e., "theory and practice," negating their having a guilty conscience, which the father's/father's authority engenders, for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning in the process—called "the negation of negation" since the father's/Father's authority and the guilty conscience, being negative to the child's carnal nature, is negated in dialogue—in dialogue, opinion, and the consensus process there is no father's/Father's authority), inductive 'reasoning' ('reasoning' from/through the students "feelings," i.e., their natural inclination to "lust" after the carnal pleasures of the 'moment'—dopamine emancipation—which the world stimulates, i.e., their "self interest," i.e., their "sense experience," selecting "appropriate information"—excluding, ignoring, or resisting, i.e., rejecting any "inappropriate" information, i.e., established command, rule, fact, or truth that gets in the way of their desired outcome, i.e., pleasure—in determining right from wrong behavior), "Bloom's Taxonomy," "affective domain," French Revolution (Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité) classroom "environment" in order (as in "new" world order) to 'liberate' children from parental authority, i.e., from the father's/Father's authority system (the Patriarchal Paradigm)—seducing, deceiving, and manipulating them as chickens, rats, and dogs, i.e., treating them as natural resource ("human resource") in order to convert them into 'liberals,' socialists, globalists, so they, 'justifying' their "self" before one another, can do wrong, disobey, sin, i.e., "lust" with impunity.

"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken." Jeremiah 6:16, 17

Home schooling material, co-ops, conferences, etc., are joining in the same praxis, fulfilling Immanuel Kant's as well as Georg Hegel's, Karl Marx's, and Sigmund Freud's agenda of using the pattern or method of Genesis 3:1-6, i.e., "self" 'justification,' i.e., dialectic (dialogue) 'reasoning," i.e., 'reasoning' from/through your "feelings," i.e., your carnal desires of the 'moment' which are being stimulated by the world (including your desire for approval from others, with them affirming your carnal nature) in order to negate Hebrews 12:5-11, i.e., the father's/Father's authority, i.e., having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline your "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will, negating Romans 7:14-25, i.e., your having a guilty conscience when you do wrong, disobey, sin, thereby negating your having to repent before the father/Father for your doing wrong, disobedience, sins—which is the real agenda.

"And for this cause [because men, as "children of disobedience," 'justify' their "self," i.e., 'justify' their love of "self" and the world, i.e., their love of the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation) which the world stimulates over and therefore against the Father's authority] God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie [that pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the Father's will]: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth [in the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ], but had pleasure in unrighteousness [in their "self" and the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates]." 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 12

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