Whoever defines your soul controls your life.
God's defines the soul as being accountable to Him, i.e., doing right and not wrong according to His established commands, rules, facts, and truth. The psychologist defines the soul as being "of and for self" and the world only, i.e., "sense experience," i.e., approaching (loving) pleasure and avoiding (hating) pain—which includes the pain of missing out on pleasure, hating anyone who inhibits or blocks it, i.e., who gets in its way. Even Karl Marx had this in mind. "To enjoy the present reconciles us to the actual." (Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's 'Philosophy of Right')
Genesis 2:7 "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
The soul recognizes established commands, rules, facts, and truth, and that it will be held accountable for its thoughts and actions, i.e., the consequences for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, i.e., has faith in the one giving commands, rules, facts, and truth, accepting and obeying them as given, when given. This is why courts (which are based upon "rule of law") ask you if you know the difference between right and wrong, according to established laws, i.e., established commands, rules, facts, and truth instead of according to your carnal desires of the 'moment,' i.e., your "self interest,"' i.e., your "feelings" and "thoughts" (opinion) of the 'moment,' i.e., your "lusts," i.e., of the flesh and eyes and your pride of "life" or "sense experience," making pleasure (dopamine emancipation) the standard for "right" or "good" and pain, including the pain of missing out on pleasure, wrong or evil, which is "of and for self" alone, i.e., loving pleasure, which the world stimulates, including affirmation, i.e., the approval of others, approving you and your carnal nature, and hating restraint, including the restrainer. "Sense experience" is the basis of psychology, i.e., the so called "study of the soul," negating the father's/Father's authority, i.e., faith.
1 John 2:17 "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.."
Rejecting commands, rules, facts, and truth to be accepted as given (by faith) and obeyed, and accountability for one's thoughts and actions in doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, i.e., rejecting the father's/Father's authority, psychology, i.e., "behavior science" defines man as being "of and for the world" only (why it calls itself a "science"), 'justifying' man's carnal nature, i.e., his love of pleasure (dopamine emancipation), i.e., his "sensuous needs" which the world stimulates, and his hate of restraint (and the restrainer), which is the essence of "human nature," establishing his "self," i.e., sight ("sense perception") over and therefore against God's authority, i.e., faith.
Hebrews 11:6, 1 "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Matthew 4:4 "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Romans 10:17 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
God's Word addresses (speaks to) your soul. Psychology (along with philosophy, sociology, etc., i.e., the "ology's" of man) only addresses (speaks to) your carnal nature, i.e., that which is "of and for self" and the world only—treating all else as a phenomena, still subject to sensation or "sense experience," needing to be analyzed and understood sensually, i.e., subjectively, i.e., observably and definably to man's understanding, making it subject to human nature (of the earth), i.e., subject to human "Reasoning" (aufheben) to be accepted as 'real' or 'actual.'
Genesis 2:16, 17 "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
The first (master) "group psychotherapist," i.e., facilitator of 'change,' i.e., Transformational Marxist, "helped" the woman become the first "environmentalist," i.e., "tree hugger," i.e., the first 'liberal,' loving the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' (dopamine emancipation) which the environment (world) stimulated, i.e., established her "sensuous needs" and "sense perception," i.e., "sense experience" over and therefore against God and His authority, i.e., over and therefore against doing the "Father's" will, and Adam the first "humanists," i.e., socialist, loving the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the woman ("human relationship") stimulated ("It is not good that man be alone"—God created the woman, not "Steve" or "the group" for Adam, i.e., "two become one") over and therefore against God and His authority, i.e., over and therefore against doing the "Father's" will. (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) By setting aside, suspending as upon a cross, the truth, i.e., the "negative," i.e., the "thou shalt surely die." with the lie, i.e., the "positive," "Ye shall not surely die"" the master psychologist can move, i.e., seduce, deceive, and manipulate the individual, along with "the group" to the outcome that they can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity, i.e., without being held accountable for their carnal (natural) thoughts and actions. Removing 1) established commands, rules, facts, and truth, and 2) accountability to the one who gave them to us (for our thoughts and actions), all psychology can do is define us according to our carnal nature, i.e., our cognitive, affective, and psycho-motor domains.
God warns us of the praxis of psychology, i.e., of "so called science," i.e., science that is not real science but claims to be science in order to seduce, deceive, and manipulate the innocent and naive. Real science recognizes that the laws of nature are established (by God), i.e., do not 'change,' i.e., are not subject to our carnal desires (whims or opinions) of the 'moment.' "Kuhn admitted problems with the schemata of his socio-psychological theory [that it was not real science] yet continued to urge its application into the scientific fields of astronomy, physics, chemistry and biology." (Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions)
1 Timothy 6:20, 21 "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions [Gr, antithesis] of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith."
Genesis 3:1-7 "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked;..."
"Who told you?" Not "How did you figure ('reason') that out?" Man was created to be "told" and to obey (by faith), not to 'reason' from his carnal nature, 'justifying' (establishing) his "self" over and therefore against God's authority. Psychotherapy is the praxis of Genesis 3:1-6, negating Hebrews 12:5-11, negating Romans 7:14-25 in the process. In their praxis of rejecting God's commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, that which is of the soul, i.e., commands, rules, facts, and truth and accountability (dong right and not wrong—righteousness) was removed (they became naked), making their carnal nature (love of pleasure and hate of restraint—sensuousness), that which is common with the world only, all that they had "going for them." In their praxis of 'reasoning' from their sensuousness, they negated (rejected) reasoning from God's word, i.e., righteousness.
Genesis 3:11 "And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?"
Jeremiah 10:23 "It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."
Proverb. 3: 5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Adam and the woman were the first 'liberal's,' with Adam throwing the woman "under the bus" when he was caught doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, the woman doing the same, throwing the serpent "under the bus," i.e., blaming someone else (including, in essence, God) for her own wrong doing, disobedience, sin, both not holding themselves accountable for their evil deed(s) in the process. 'Justifying' their "self," i.e., refusing to recognize their wrong doing, disobedience, sin they rejected God's, i.e., the father's/Father's authority, and thus their need to repent and ask for forgiveness.
Genesis 3:12, 13 "And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." "And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat."
Being like God, now knowing good and evil (which they did not have to know—in obedience to God never experiencing evil for themselves) they now depend upon their own carnal natural to know good and evil, good being their desire to "enjoy" ("lust" after) the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, evil being that which gets in the way, establishing their "self" over and therefore against God and His authority, i.e., the "Father's authority." Thinking and acting according to their own carnal nature they now hate restraint and the restrainer, i.e., hate God, i.e., the Father and His established commands, rules, facts, and truth that get in their way, thus making their hate of the Father and His commands, rules, facts, and truth "good" ('justified') in their eyes.
Luke 16:15 "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."
Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things [thinking pleasure is the standard for "good" instead of doing the father's/Father's will], and desperately wicked [hating whoever prevents, i.e., inhibits or blocks it from enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' it desires]: who can know it?"
When we 'justify' our "self," we can not see our hate of restraint as being evil, we can only see our "self," i.e., our love of pleasure and hate of restraint as being "good." It is how the unregenerate soul thinks ('reasons').
Genesis 3:22 "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"
Where we derive our inheritance (eternal life) is in our obedience to the father/Father (losing it, i.e., being cut out of the will, in our disobedience). Jesus Christ was sent by the Father, in obedience doing all things commanded by the Father, even, in obedience, dying on the cross, shedding his blood for our sins, 'redeeming' us from eternal death, imputing his righteousness to us according to our faith in Him and His Father, with the Father raising him from the grave 'reconciling' us to Himself, i.e., to the Father. We also receive our property rights, i.e., "My property. Not yours." "My family. Not yours." "My business. Not yours," "My children's inheritance (for those who obey me). Not yours (to give to those who disobey me)." as God said in essence "My garden. Not yours." which Adam and the woman, like Jean-Jacques Rousseau, rejected, i.e., rejecting "the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof" (1Corinthians 10:26), with God giving man dominion over it (Genesis 1:26). In dialectic fashion, i.e., "self" 'justification' they declared instead: "The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said 'This is mine,' and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody," in essence saying "Our tree. Not just yours." to God. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality) God also gives us our right to use force in order to protect that which is ours (from those who would take it away from us, claiming it was theirs to use as they pleased as well).
Genesis 3:24 "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
Psychology, i.e., "behavior science" defines the soul as being cognitive (data), affective (emotions), and psychomotor (what everything has to work through) only, i.e., only that which is of the world, i.e., "of nature," i.e., temporal, i.e., loving pleasure and hating restraint, ever 'changing' according to the situation, defining peace as having your heart's desire, i.e., what you want, when you want it, with others (of and for the world) approval (affirmation):
1 John 2:16-17 "If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 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.."
God defines the soul as having peace in doing right and not wrong according to the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth (which are preached, taught, and discussed), despite suffering at the hands of (being rejected by or missing out on that which is of) the world.
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
It is clear to see where psychology comes from (and takes us), 'justifying' our carnal (sinful) nature:
Sigmund Freud's history of mankind was of a tribe ("primal hoard") whose children began the praxis of incest (amongst themselves and with the mother), with the father establishing rules of proper conduct in the home driving the rebellious children, i.e., the children of incest out, who uniting in consensus with themselves and with the other children, killed and "devoured" the father, 'liberating' their "self" from the father's authority, negating their having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning in the process: "... 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," (Herbart Marcuse explaining Freud's historiography in his book, Eros and Civilization: a psychological inquiry into Freud)
" According to Freud, the ultimate essence of our being is erotic, and demands activity according to the pleasure-principle ["lust," "enjoyment"]." "The foundation on which the man of the future will be built is already there, in the repressed unconscious [in our carnal nature]; the foundation has to be recovered [through our "lust" for pleasure and our hatred toward the Father's authority]. " (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)
"Freud noted that patricide and incest are part of man's deepest nature." (Irvin Yalom, The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy)
Despite their denial, there is no such thing as a Christian psychologist. The very structure of thought (of psychology) is antithetical to the gospel message, i.e., obedience to the Father despite whatever temptation, i.e., pleasure (including affirmation) or pain (including rejection) comes your way.
2 Timothy 3:12, 13 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
1 Timothy 3:2-5 "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."
Hebrews 11:6 "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
So we find our "self" back in the garden again, our soul only knowing the Father's love for us by humbling, denying, dying to our "self" daily, accepting His commands, rules, facts, and truth by faith and obeying, which psychologists, i.e., the children of disobedience reject, with Satan's "help" basing our knowing of right and wrong upon on our own carnal nature, i.e., according to our carnal "feelings," i.e., our natural desire to "enjoy" the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates (including the approval, i.e., affirmation of men) and our resentment or hatred toward authority which gets in our way and our "thoughts," i.e., opinions on how we can enjoy and control, i.e., initiate and sustain it, i.e., a world of pleasure in the future. Apart from the Word of God's all we have is psychology, i.e., the dialoging of our opinions to a consensus, i.e., 'justifying' our "self" before men, i.e., 'justifying' our fallen, sinful carnal nature, washing our brain of the father's/Father's authority so we can do wrong, disobey, sin without having a guilty conscience, i.e., so we can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity. Even, being deceived, doing so in the name of the Lord. After all the art craft of psychology is seduction, deception, and manipulation, turning men, women, and children into "human resources" so psychologists can live off them for their own carnal pleasure, with their affirmation (praise). "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:" 2 Peter 2:3
2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Ephesians 2:2,3 "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
Ephesians 5:5-7 "For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them."
Psychology, by adding "I feel" and "I think," i.e., your (men's) opinion to the Word of God makes it subject to your "sensuous needs" and "sense perception" of the 'moment,' i.e., your "sense experience." Using dialectic (dialogue) 'reasoning,' i.e., "self" 'justification' to "know" the Word of God negates the truth, i.e., negates how you are to think and act according to God's Word alone. "Bread" (the cares of the world) is for your body, which is passing away. The "Word" is for your soul, which is eternal. Do not make the Word, which is eternal, subject to your body, i.e., your carnal desires (opinion) of the 'moment,' which are passing away. If you redefine the Word of God so you can "feel" better about your "self" and be "less offensive" to others, you will die in your sins.
Matthew 4:4 "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
Matthew 6:24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Isaiah 55:8, 9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
James 4:4 "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God."
Whoever defines your soul controls your life. Man's definition leads to damnation. God's definition leads to eternal life.
Matthew 7:13-15 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Matthew 12:50 "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."
Matthew 23:9 "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Apart from Christ alone, this is not possible.
All psychologists' can do (as the serpent in the garden) is come between you and the Father, "helping" you 'justify' your carnal nature, i.e., 'justify' your "feelings" and "thoughts" of the 'moment,' i.e., men's opinion over and therefore against the Father and His authority, i.e., the Word of God, i.e., doing the Father's will. Only in Christ Jesus can you have peace in your soul, i.e., know the love of the Father. Jesus Christ came to show us His Father's love for us. Only in him alone can we know it. By seducing, deceiving, and manipulating you to share your opinion of God's Word (for the approval of others, i.e., affirmation), the psychotherapist is able to make God and His Word subject to your carnal nature, turning you away from God to himself instead, making him your savior. This is why those who have come under the influence of psychology, having become intoxicated, addicted, and possessed with its affirmation of their carnal nature, will defend it at all cost (even in the "church"), serving, supporting, defending, protecting, promoting, praising, and worshiping the praxis of psychotherapy, i.e., the psychotherapist for "helping" them "feel good" about their "self," even doing so in the name of the Lord.
Romans 6:16 "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin ["lusts," i.e., carnal desires of the flesh and eyes] unto death, or of obedience [to the Father] unto righteousness?"
Galatians 1:10 "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ."
Matthew 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 16:24-27 "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works."
1 John 1:3 "Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."
Psalms 36:1-4 "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."
When God gave Adam commands, rules, facts, and truth, and accountability for disobeying he was speaking to his soul. All the psychologist (following after the teachings of his or her master psychotherapist in the garden in Eden) can do is speak to your flesh, 'justifying' your carnal nature, that which was formed from the dust of the ground, leaving you in your sins (to pay the price)—since your soul is eternal, i.e., "God breathed."
1 John 2:18 "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Jeremiah 17:5, 7 "Cursed is the man who trust in man [trusting in man's counsel] and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."
If this is not clear enough (regarding the evil practice , i.e., seduction, deception, and manipulation of the psychotherapists) maybe this will help.
"If the guilt [the "guilty conscience" for disobeying the Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth] accumulated in the civilized domination of man by man [reflected in the father's authority over his children] can ever be redeemed by freedom [the children being 'redeemed,' i.e. 'liberated' from the Father's authority, 'reconciled' back to their carnal nature and the world which stimulates it], then the 'original sin' [the children determining what is right and what is wrong according to their own carnal nature, i.e., according to their desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates, 'justifying' their carnal "feelings" and "thoughts" of the 'moment'] must be committed again: We must again eat from the tree of knowledge in order to fall back into the state of innocence [as the children were before their Father's first command, rule, fact, and truth and threat of chastening for disobedience (threat of being cast out for disrespecting his authority) came into their life, i.e., that of nature only]." (Herbart Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A philosophical inquiry into Freud)
"The entry into Freud cannot avoid being a plunge into a strange world and a strange language—a world of sick men, ....It is a shattering experience for anyone seriously committed to the Western traditions of morality and rationality to take a steadfast, unflinching look at what Freud has to say. To experience Freud is to partake a second time of the forbidden fruit; and this book cannot without sinning communicate that experience to the reader." "Our real choice is between holy and unholy madness: open your eyes and look around you—madness is in the saddle anyhow." "It is possible to be mad and to be unblest, but it is not possible to get the blessing without the madness; it is not possible to get the illuminations without the derangement," "I wagered my intellectual life on the idea of finding in Freud what was missing in Marx." (Norman O. Brown, regarding his book Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)
Mike Connor commenting on Brown and his work on Freud and Marx, at Browns funeral stated: "But Brown believed that the payoff was worth the price of sin—namely, that alienation would be overcome, and the return of the repressed completed, rendering problems of sin permanently moot. Life Against Death established Brown, along with his colleague and friend Herbert Marcuse, and later Charles Reich, as an intellectual leader of the New Left …. a Marxist mode of Freudian analysis. Brown's push to resurrect the human body with all its erotic urges freely expressed, resonated with the members of the Human Potential Movement and the undergrads they were influencing in the 60's." (March 23-30, 2005 issue of Metro Santa Cruz)
"Adult sexuality, restricted by rules, to maintain family and society [to maintain the "top-down" system or patriarchal paradigm of the "old" world order], . . . leads to neurosis [where a person is caught between doing the father's will, i.e., obeying his commands, rules, facts, and truth and doing what he wants to do, according to his carnal nature, in disobedience to the father's will, feeling guilty for doing or thinking about doing wrong, disobeying, sinning]." "The repression of normal adult sexuality is required only by cultures which are based on patriarchal domination." "Our repressed desires are the desires we had unrepressed, in childhood; and they are sexual desires." "Parental discipline, religious denunciation of bodily pleasure [abstinence (self restraint, self-discipline, the humbling and denying of self)], . . . have all left man overly docile, but secretly in his unconscious [in his urges and impulses to become at-one-with the world in pleasure, in the 'moment'] unconvinced, and therefore neurotic [where the child's mind is caught between that which is of his nature, i.e. of his own "feelings," i.e. of the flesh and the world and that which "represses" (blocks) him from becoming at-one-with his nature, i.e. that which is of the supernatural, i.e. the Father's authority, where the child's actions, made subject to the Father's authority, are in conflict with his thoughts, which are influenced by his "feelings" of the 'moment,' for the things of the world]." "If society imposes repression [by supporting the traditional family structure, i.e. honoring the father's position of authority in the home], and repression causes the universal neurosis of man [with man obeying the Father's "top-down" authority instead of following after his own natural inclinations, i.e. thinking, feeling, and acting according to "human nature"], . . . there is an intrinsic connection between social organization [the traditional family structure with its insistence upon obedience which separates the child from his own carnal nature and the carnal nature of society, i.e. the "common-ist community," i.e. where "common-ism" is based upon what everyone has in common with one another, i.e., their love of pleasure and hate of restraint] and neurosis [their guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning against the father and commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., for being "human"]." "The bondage of all cultures to their cultural heritage [where children have to obey their parent's commands and rules, accepting their facts and truth "as given," by faith (regarding right and wrong behavior), which "represses" their natural inclination, i.e. "putting the lid on" Pandora's box, ,i.e. on their impulses and urges] is a neurotic construction." "By the standards of normal adult sexuality [by the standards of the traditional husband-wife relationship, with the husband "ruling" over his home well, and the desires of the wife being to her husband, and the children obeying their parent's, in the Lord, to "maintain family and society"] children are polymorphously perverse ['incestuous,' i.e., disobedient]." "Normal adult sexuality [the traditional husband-wife relationship], judged by the standard of infantile sexuality [the child's natural inclination to become at-one-with nature, in pleasure, in the 'moment'], is an unnatural restriction [a supernatural restriction] of the erotic potentialities of the human body." "Freud takes with absolute seriousness the proposition of Jesus: 'Except ye become as little children [think, feel, and act according to your carnal nature, unrestrained by the Father's authority], ye can in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven [become at one with your own flesh and the world, i.e. experience "worldly peace and socialist harmony"].'" "Psychoanalysis declares the fundamental bisexual character of human nature [whatever the source of pleasure is, as long as it does not "harm" yourself or others (whatever that means, making it very subjective), it does not matter];" " According to Freud, the ultimate essence of our being is erotic, and demands activity according to the pleasure-principle ["lust," "enjoyment," i.e., of and for the flesh and world only]." "The foundation on which the man of the future will be built is already there, in the repressed unconscious [in the child's (in our) own carnal nature]; the foundation has to be recovered [the child in us all, i.e. the 'libido,' i.e. our "lust" for pleasure, i.e. our sexual drive has to be 'liberated' from the Father's authority, i.e., from Godly restraint]. " (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)
It is plain to see, to those who desire to see, where psychology leads, i.e., what it does to the soul. In Christ alone, in His obedience to his Father and our faith in Him, doing his Father's will as well, can we have eternal life, i.e., can we find life (and peace) for our soul, not only "then and there" but in the "here and now" as well.
© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2018