“Pride creates a noise within us which makes the quiet voice of the Spirit hard to hear. And soon, in our vanity, we no longer even listen for it. We can come quickly to think we don’t need it” (“Prayer,” “Ensign,” Nov. 2001, 16).
This quotation touches on the ideas of Pride and Vanity. They are the ego-mind with all its rooted narcissism. Religion and Psychology are so closely related that I find myself often revisiting this Truth of philosophy:
“The greater purpose of spirituality, and that of religion as well, is even in the presences of a lack of proof for God’s existence, even if that proof disprove him, the willingness of the individual to be dedicated to the continued study of spiritual practice for the purpose of achieving a higher conscious state of awareness. A state that will help pull him out of his own egocentricity, his own suffering, and his own Hell.”
Pride is defined as a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired or to be especially proud of a particular quality or skill. Vanity is defined as excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements. Something that is vain, empty, or valueless, a fashionable trifle or knicknack. These two sins are discussed and taught in various religions and Bible study groups. They are warned against in various different scriptures and religious writings as well. The famous quote, “Pride goeth before the fall” is actually a misquote of Proverbs 16:18 which says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” This shows that destruction is the end result of pride, at least according to the Bible book of Proverbs.
Characteristic to psychopathy is this notion that the psychopathic individual is elevated in his perceptions and understanding. He believes he is within full power and right to “teach” another about the errors of their ways. It is for this reason so many psychopathic individuals have risen to ranks of power over the weaker minded follower and can easily influence these individuals into doing their dirty work. In light of this idea, I must pose the question, “Who has any right to assume leadership and authority over another in an attempt to “teach” others correctly?” Does not a human being have a right to choose for himself that for which he desires to study and learn? It must be difficult for a Mormon ministers or Jehovah’s Witness ministers to walk away from a slammed door, especially if the person believes in his heart and soul he holds the power, the secret, the key to transform the lives of those who live behind that door. Still, our country was founded in certain freedoms. Religious freedom has been built into our country’s constitution and we cannot force these notions onto other people. We can only state softly and clearly that for which we have come to know and believe for ourselves, any other behavior may be held accountable in a criminal or civil court of law.
Entering psychoanalysis with the purpose to be cured of a problem becomes a very spiritual experience for the individual. Also, one may find the study of psychology and psychoanalysis just as spiritually enlightening. This should come as no surprise since the approach to studying psychology and psychoanalysis is more than merely science. There is also a philosophical approach to understanding them. Since philosophy is incorporated into the hallways and promenades of many different areas of acadamia, including the science of psychology and psychoanalysis, religious and spiritual philosophies must be considered as these experiences are unique to the individual patients experiencing them. Knowing and appreciating how these experiences relate to people as individuals becomes an important key to helping others. One soon finds that it becomes prudent to understand these concepts and as it becomes of immense value to one’s daily practice of living if one is to extend help to others so they may, too, attain wellness.