|Chapter Six from "That Difficult Peace" by Joost Meerloo
Psychological Peacefare - The Forgotten Science
The true purpose of psychology and especially its mental health branch is to free man from his internal tensions by helping him to understand what causes them. Psychology seeks to liberate the human spirit from its dependence on immature thinking so that each man can realize his own potentialities.
Psychology teaches man to communicate freely and express himself, unhampered by prejudices and taboos. It seeks to help man to face reality with its many problems, and to recognize his own limitations as well as his possibilities for growth.
It is dedicated to the development of mature individuals who are capable of living in freedom and of voluntarily restricting their freedom for the larger good of all. It is based on the premise that when man understands himself he can begin to be the master of his own life, rather that the puppet either of his own unconscious drives or of a tyrant with a perverted lust for power.
However, in the course of nearly every man's development, he passes temporarily through a stage of greater susceptibility to totalitarianism. This usually occurs during adolescence, when the youngster becomes aware of his own identity and personality -- the authority within himself. To escape responsibility for being a self he may look for a strong leader outside of the home.
At an earlier age, in infancy, the more unconscious patterns of compulsion and automatic obedience are laid. With his new sense of selfhood, the youth begins to oppose adult authorities who previously directed his life.
Becoming conscious of this entity we call ego or self or "I" is a painful mental process. It is not a matter of chance that the feeling of endless longing, of Weltschmerz, is traditionally connected with adolescence. The process of becoming an autonomous and self growing individual (what one may call one's true self) involves separation from the security of the family.
To achieve "internal democracy" the adolescent must separate himself from his protecting guiding environment. In doing so he is more than merely intoxicated with his new sense of growth and emancipation, his need is to go beyond the ancient rules.
Also he is filled with a sense of fear and loneliness. As he enters this new world in which he must assume mature responsibility for his actions, he may become an easy prey for totalitarian propaganda. A personal grudge against growing up may lead him to forsake the struggle for personal maturity.
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