A Concept of Anxiety. (A nod to Soren’s genius. With some Hegelian nonsense also 😛)
Anxiety can be said to arise as a type of synthesis of thesis and anti-thesis. In very concrete terms the problem that exists between ‘I should do this but I can’t do this’. Anxiety arises as a third factor in which both maxims arrive. It is a type of mediator but it is based in the freedom of choice, and then not knowing what choice to make against the inability to make that choice even though one knows that it is the choice that should be made.
In common reality, analysis would have the person run some therapeutic process to alleviate the anxiety for the proper choice. The idea being that there is some sort of problem with the mental faculty, some sort of neurosis occurring that needs to be corrected. This is the fundamental basis and of the institution of psychology and therapy. It is based on the idea of righteousness that there is a proper way to be human and a proper manner against which one makes decisions upon gradiations of propriety given the condition in which the decision arises.
Anxiety might be able to be alleviated through this psychology, but what we find is that the aggregate of the problem is not solved in this matter. We find in most cases that the person continues to struggle albeit with some therapeutic methodological steps. If we can look at the problem of addiction so common in our day, through this rubric we have the beginning of understanding of why so many are in recovery, and so few actually recover.
In conventional psychology would say it’s because we have not figured out the proper method to address the problem, and likewise within that solution we have not discovered all the elements or aspects involved with the problem to begin with. And further that it is our hope to one day through a total or complete understanding of the situation to bring addiction under control and to a solution that can be had. And in the meantime, lets give em some drugs.
Yet within this problem of addiction, we have the same situation of anxiety. With the addict we have the problem of knowing what the proper choice should be, which is for theadddict that I should stop using; this accompanied with the overwhelming understanding that I am not able to stop and basically that I can’t stop.
Psychology and the recovery community in general, would have it that the synthesis of these two amounts to a psychology or a basic individual that is somehow incorrect and it’s being, that it is developed faulty skills for life and reality. So recovery develops methods by which a person is able to stop, which is to say to enact the correct decision. The problem is, in one sense, though, that the initial condition is not relieved nor recognized.
Yet regardless of how we mean to insert righteousness upon this either or condition, which is to say that perhaps the supplied method and it’s methodological pedagogy is incorrect, the more solute and honest way to view the situation is that there are two fundamental powers at work within or otherwise ofthe human being.
These two fundamental powers do not directly involve the initial problematic as an indicator to some deeper problem; Indeed this route is indicative of one of the powers. This power sees the indication of synthesis as a ubiquitous and Omni present potential for the human being within the context of a righteousness, which is to say to have a correct manner of being and behaving for what reality is. This is indeed a valid power because it indeed functions powerfully. We cannot say that their methods do not work because evidently they do work with some people, for example, some people who are addicted to substances actually are able to apply the method and relieve themselves from the condition whereby the negative assertion takes hold. This is to say there is a psychologcal imethod that relieves the person from the effect that is involved in the statement ‘I can’t or I am unable to’.
It is a valid power because evidently it does work at times, but more so because of this small validation it is taken as correct in it’s appraisal of the whole situation with the caveat that we just don’t have enough information.
The problem is in the fact that it only works for a very small minority for whom the problem exists. So it seems sensible to consider the possibility that the logic around such method is not addressing all the facts concerning the addict. Hence we have the conventional method that says one day if we keep trying we will be able to apprehend all the facts and be able to apply an effective solution.
The problem is then that even though we apply this particular conventional method to the either or situation involved in the anxious individual that we are associating with the addict, or the situation of addiction, there are many that though they may work wholeheartedly and intensely in the method who still are not alleviated from that terrible anxious condition, for which we have coined the term ‘relapse’ to indicate the fall back into that I can’t Do this contingency. So it is we say that is powerful because the method that is not working is still saught after to alleviate the problem.
It would seem most sensible to me that it is the appraisal of the synthesis, that particular route that takes the situation to automatic recourse of a particular kind of synthesis , that is incorrect, so it is by this idea that we have to delineate two effective powers.
Note then that where we might discern some sort of mundane psychological or scientific method against some sort of spiritual process or method, we have achieved only the same methodological approach; we have reified that there is an either or condition and that somehow it is the synthesis (The true real subject of psychology ) is fundamentally and essentially incorrect.
It is here that irony begins to play. Because when we consider the above situation it really leaves only two manners of correctly appropriating it into meaning. The first is what I call the conventional route and in general it is what is been described in the foregoing part of this essay. The second places the synthesis as a different order of being than is arrived at through a logical reduction of the initial polemic whereby the problem is realized.
Again it is non-Sequitur to reduce these two situations to a further unitive common human aspect, and it is more proper to speak of them in terms of teleologies; only thru speaking of two different routes may we arrive at a new ontology. So long as we continually reify the ontology, so long as we see discourse as occurring along a common stratified communicative humanity, we there by stay in the same problem and I never find solutions.
So in a manner of speaking in so much as we do find solutions we have discovered a new methodology.
This is not to say that somehow humanity will become some different universal creature; it will only be done so within discursive contexts of reductive ontologies. In reality things will only change in as much as they always change within the same context. So much as there is a solution and an effective solution, we have there by discovered a new methodological synthesis.
Here the initial problem of ‘I should but I can’t’, is not reduced to some dysfunctional synthesis, some psychologically disturbed subject. Here instead we find that the initial polemic indicates a situation that is radically different and radically departs from the initial problem in its particular statement. We find here that the initial problem is the problem itself. There by the problem is not so much ‘I should but I can’t’, but more the inclusive acceptance of the problem as ‘I should but I can’t and that is how it is’.
The issue then becomes not so much of making some choice upon this either or situation, as if the anxious person just merely needs to make a choice to accept his anxious state, but rather that the person neither can make a choice nor except the situation. The conventional psychological route would say that the person needs to choose to except the situation . But The usual and common (sensible, logical, rational) recourse to this is to develop a science, to fall out or step out of the situation entirely and look at it as an object to be apprehended. We therefore are no longer involved with a subjective recurrence of the problem, we no longer refer to some otherness for the treatment of our anxiety as if this other method can be applied to my situation as a tool upon a piece of clay, a theory to be applied to to my anxious subjectivity; Instead we only refer to the apprehension of the meaning of the situation as an object by which the situation is possible.