The Cause of Neurosis.
(The Cost of Negating Neurosis)
according to those who 'reason' dialectically, i.e. 'reasoning' according to sense experience, i.e. feelings, i.e. pleasure only,
whatever is making you "feel bad" for being your "self," i.e., for doing what comes naturally to your flesh, which is stimulated by the world.

"Adult sexuality, restricted by rules, to maintain family and society, is a clear instance of repression; and therefore leads to neurosis." "The repression of normal adult sexuality is required only by cultures which are based on patriarchal domination." "Human consciousness can be liberated from the parental (Oedipal) complex only be being liberated from its cultural derivatives, the paternalistic state and the patriarchal God." "The abolition of repression would only threaten patriarchal domination." "Freud, Hegel, and Nietzsche are, like Marx, compelled to postulate external domination and its assertion by force in order to explain repression." (Norman O. Brown  Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)

"Common to all of them is a mode of consciousness that can be called the dialectic imagination." "According to Freud, the ultimate essence of our being is erotic, and demands activity according to the pleasure-principle. The foundation on which the man of the future will be built is already there, in the repressed unconscious; the foundation has to be recovered." "Infants are absorbed in their own bodies; they are in love with themselves." "What the child knows consciously and the adult unconsciously, is that we are nothing but body." "Life is of the body and only life creates value; all values are bodily values." "The true life of the body is also the life of the id." "In the id, says Freud, there is nothing corresponding to the act of negation." "The key to the nature of dialectical thinking may lie in psychoanalysis, more specifically in Freud's psychoanalysis of negation." "Freud saw that in the id there is no negation, only affirmation and eternity." "In the id there is nothing corresponding to the idea of time. A healthy human being, in whom ego and id were unified, would not live in time." "Only the abolition of guilt can abolish time [the "past" preventing the "present" and the "future from becoming "one"]." ibid.

"In psychology, Freud and his followers have presented convincing arguments that the id [the child's impulses and urges of the 'moment'], man's basic and unconscious nature, is primarily made up of instincts which would, if permitted expression, result in incest, murder, and other crimes.  The whole problem of therapy, as seen by this group, is how to hold these untamed forces in check in a wholesome and constructive manner, rather than in the costly fashion of the neurotic [who believe in, support, defend, and practice parental/Godly authority]." (Carl Rogers, on becoming a person: A Therapist View of Psychotherapy)

"By 'dialectical' I mean an activity of consciousness struggling to circumvent the limitations imposed by the formal-logical law of contradiction." "Formal logic and the law of contradiction are the rules whereby the mind submits to operate under general conditions of repression [parental authority]."  (Norman O. Brown  Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)

When we dialogue with our "self," our desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates and our dissatisfactions with authority which gets in the way, we perceive our "self" as being the "victim" of abuse (parental abuse) and the parent as being the abuser. In bringing dialogue into the classroom, making it, i.e., the students "feelings" of the 'moment' a part of the curriculum, all students become victims abuse, blaming their parents for getting in the way of their enjoying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' which the world stimulates.

George Hegel wrote: "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 [when the child's "natural inclination" to become at-one-with the world in pleasure in the 'moment' is 'liberated' from his Father's authority, i.e. when his Father no longer has authority to make "human nature" subject to His will, i.e. "repressing" it, the child (Id, i.e. "human nature" unrestrained by righteousness) becomes the 'drive' of and the 'purpose' for life]." (George Hegel, System of Ethical Life)

Karl Marx wrote: "Once the earthly family [the earthly father's authority] is discovered to be the secret of the heavenly family [the Heavenly Father's authority], the former must be destroyed [annihilated] in theory and in practice [the Father's authority must be negated in the child's personal thoughts and in his socialist actions through the dialoging of opinions to a consensus (to a "feeling" of "oneness") being put into social action, i.e. praxis, negating the Father's authority of the "past"]." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis # 4)

Sigmund Freud wrote: "'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 functions with a father's authority in the home, with the family now dialoging opinions to 'discover' what is right and what is wrong behavior for the 'moment']." (Sigmund Freud quoted in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A philosophical inquiry into Freud)

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

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2018