I’ll describe here shortly the problems that an unsuccessful transformation related to mental aging causes in an adult individual. The source of the problem is almost impossible to spot precisely because nothing happens in our minds as we move from adolescence to adulthood even if that is just when a major change in psyche should take place. These little tips tell us about the tiny but all the same significant defect we all inherited.
However, something happens. When we break away from our childhood, the feeling of having parents weakens and no longer maintains a normal order of life (which makes our life meaningful). We gradually lose our childlike faith in the authority of our breeders. We may feel liberated, confused, or anxious depending on our childhood experiences.
The role of consciousness is still to control our reactions by altering external stimuli. It will not change, even if our independence increases. Also, emotions, which are reactions and products of this control system, remain the same.
The external senses do not function properly and the individual is overprotected from his environment in the same way as a child is. Emotions continue to shape reactions. He overreacts to almost everything because he does not know how to evaluate the relationship between things correctly. The mind does not function properly because cognition and volition are too dominant. Survival is still based on reasoning rather than instincts. The ego becomes separateness and individuality.
Problems in the adult individual can be described in many ways. And they can go unnoticed and one can adapt to them without question. However, most people are bothered by these. (Please note that the problem of mental disorder is only with adults; the child grows right.) The growth disorder of the psyche can be seen in two ways: in the mind, where volition, cognition, and memory still dominate, even though they should give way to instincts. On the other hand, it is identifiable in the senses, some of which are hypersensitive and some of which function poorly. Actually, the senses work just right, but the mechanism that modifies sensory perceptions doesn’t adjust properly as an individual grows up. The symptoms can be seen, for example, as shown in the picture above.
Our sensory information is heavily modified
Our senses are a means to tell us what our living environment is like: what it looks like, sounds, feels, smells and tastes so that we can react to it in a safe way. Senses perceive this data through various stimuli. Each sense is associated with its own sensory organ. The five basic senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch) are related to the perception of our external environment, but we also have senses that perceive our body condition. Depending on how you want to count it, there are between 14 and 20 different senses in human body.
Our external senses do not function properly and we is overprotected from our environment in the same way as when we were children. Emotions continue to affect our reactions. We overreact to almost everything because we do not know how to evaluate the relationship between things correctly. Our mind does not function properly because our cognition and volition are too dominant. Our survival is still based on reasoning rather than instincts. Our egos have intensified into individuality and separateness.
Adult senses have a special feature: our bodies still control and modify the stimuli they receive and then send them to our observation as modified. Therefore, we do not experience the world around us as such. This has been known for a long time, but in discussions it is often overlooked. However, it is not our senses that would not be working right. Distortions are caused by our mind or, a bit more precisely, the mechanism created to modify our observations. The mechanism was originally intended for children only, and there is a good and understandable reason for this: the child is unable to cope with the normally functioning flood of external sensory stimuli. There would just be too much data and too much variety. (There is another reason for that: the possible dangers posed by child’s curiosity.) Therefore the child’s sensory world has been strongly simplified so that it can processed quickly and safely. The internal senses, of course, work the same way, but the information they convey is not passed on to us for consideration: the body reacts to it automatically.
The problem is that we sense the reality around us, but we cannot really experience it. This is because we have inherited the mind of the child and its protective mechanisms. We lack adult independence of mind. We are alert, afraid, looking at things from home and the nest. We feel we belong at home, in a protected environment, not in the world. We do not see or feel nature, even though our senses receive all the stimuli ti has to give. That’s because our mind and “eyes” are adjusted just for comparing things—not experiencing them. That is why our consciousness is always an outdated picture of the instant reality. When we look out, we only see what is inside our mind. Things have no value or meaning if they have no value (existence) in our minds. External reality for the child’s mind – and for modern human – is just a tool to build the world in his mind. In order to experience, we should give up this inner world, but we are not able to do that, because the problem is probably genetic. That is why human mind is a laboratory of attitudes and prejudices, not a seeker of reality or a producer of knowledge.