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Friday, January 3, 2014
Dilemma Of Healing: Psychological Vs Spiritual
say that it is unfortunately difficult to determine if a person is indeed suffering
from psychological disturbances or spiritual possessions. Modern psychiatry
attributes those who behave abnormally to be psychosis that could either stems
from genetic or environmental influences.
As the matter of fact, victims of spirit
possession will not know that they are possessed. When the victims complaint to
a psychiatrist that they have seen a ghost, or that they have heard spirits
whispering near their ears; the psychiatrist just brush the complaints aside as
‘hallucination’ or ‘auditory hallucination’.
someone complaints that he or she experienced hag ride at night or a spirit is
following this person, modern psychiatrist would say that this person is
suffering from ‘delusion of persecution’ (被迫害妄想癥). If
someone said that he or she can communicate with spirits and that he or she is
the reincarnation of certain higher order, then psychiatrist would attribute
this to ‘religious delusion’ (宗教妄想癥).
good psychiatrists may be correct most of the times, but at times miss their
target completely. The reason is that psychiatrists work within a set of
theoretical framework formed through hypothesis and observations. And as a
common rule, we cannot study what we cannot see; so they don’t have the
required spiritual training to perceive if a spirit possession is genuine. That
explains why at times the spirit mediums and magicians could cure what was incurable
by the modern psychotherapeutic methods.
cultures, folks healing namely spiritual healing employed by shaman, medium or
magicians alike are a subset of our culture; and that mental illnesses are in
fact closely related to elements of our culture and society. So isn’t it
natural that those who suffered from mental illnesses seek folks healing?
question remains that, in the perspective of modern medicine, folks healing
methodologies are somehow less scientific; added to that it is frequently
flashed out in mass media that spirit mediums tend to involved in crimes like money
cheating and raping the unwearied; general public are more dejected to folks
healing so to speak. Personally, I would think that the modern psychotherapeutic
techniques should be used as first choice and supplemented by related folks
healing. This is the only way to ensure that no big fishes escape the net.