ADHD, Bipolar and the Aggregate Self

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has become an increasingly common diagnosis in fairly recent history in our society. Depression and Mania are two other terms than can now be found under a unified term of Bipolar Disorder. Most of us know of one or several people who have had a diagnosis of them.

We understand that sometimes their behaviors can be truly negative or self destructive. At such times they can and do benefit from prudent application of medication. And I applaud our doctors who have dedicated their lives and practice to helping those in desperate need of it.

Now, what if there were a way to truly understand the underlying cause of many of the issues experienced by those who seek help? A way to educate before crisis so that their reactions are guided by knowledge. Something they can believe about themselves that gives them hope for healing.

The Aggregate Self model is one such way. Understanding the underlying structure of our consciousness helps us to effect positive results to our mental health challenges. Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity, Depression, and Mania are candidates for its application.

When we talk about them in terms of our Apex and Ethereal levels of perception, we can see how truly interrelated they are. Understanding how our Muses influence our Apex is the key.

Each Muse has an individual effect on the Apex. Their thoughts, emotions, and needs are a part of the Apex’s merged consciousness. They influence the chemical reactions experienced in our body as a result of external or internal stimulus. When scared or angry, happy, or in love, they each affect our mood and physical responses. But their combined effect is often our true challenge.

The aggregation of our Muses gives our Apex multiple influences to our state of mind. Thinking about mental structure in this way allows us to understand our sometimes conflicting motivations. We can understand the complexity of our emotions during times of stress.

Let use this lens to examine bipolar behaviors. While mania and depression are experienced, we are really talking about emotional extremes. Irrational exuberance or anger. Uncontrollable weeping or a malaise that confines us to bed. The commonality is the depth of emotion.

The Aggregate Self tells us how we arrive at such extremes. The Apex must assimilate each Ethereal source of emotional content. And that is the crux of many mental health challenges. Coming to terms with a flood of emotions. In a well adjusted person, integrating the multi-faceted emotional state of the their Muses poses a small challenge . Others struggle.

Counterintuitively, conflicting emotions don’t result in extreme bipolar behaviors. Instead, the cause is due to a common emotional reaction. Reaction informed by inborn or cultural values that we hold with conviction and are shared by all Ethereal.

If you witness one person using their fist to strike another, our sense of right and wrong comes into play. Watching a man striking another man in a boxing ring may simply trigger an adrenaline response of excitement. But a man striking a woman in a public setting is certain to evoke emotional responses of anger and outrage.

When our Muses share the same core values, they also share the same emotional response to stimuli. We can become raging inferno’s or sink into a deep, dark depression depending upon events. We get swept up into a group response; similar to mobs incited to riot or who trample each other escaping a burning building. Our minds are the same way. The Apex can find it difficult to handle the aggregated emotional response. It can be absolutely overwhelming.

This is the key to understanding and learning how we might overcome our emotional extremes. By learning that we are comprised of a group of individuals who share the same core values. We can begin to develop techniques to help us manage our behavior. This philosophy allows us to do that. It facilitates learning how to connnect to our inner selves.

The good news is that simply by reading these words, your own Muses are already learning about this concept. It will allow them to understand that they not only influence the Apex, collectively, but that they are the Apex. And by being aware of their own reactions they can change them. It will take listening and <> to make this idea more than a theory. And that is how I found my own path to a calmer and more peaceful existence.

My own Muses manage our emotions and avoid extreme states by using a delayed response technique. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a reaction. Instead, our reactions are drawn out over time. First one Muse will “give in” to the emotion, letting it fulfill its chemical destiny in our bodies. The other Ethereal do their best to delay their response. Not an easy task.

But once the first Muse has allowed their emotions to crest and begin to ebb, they serve as an emotional “anchor” for the Apex. By staggering emotional input, the Apex is able to retain self control because mind and body are not being overwhelmed. Once that emotional anchor is in place, the other Ethereal can allow themselves to give in to their own emotions in turn. And the Apex does not lose control.

No longer is there a danger of plummeting over an emotional cliff or taking to the heights of irrational exuberance. Instead, an outward response is within societal norms. And inwardly, we have crested the waves of emotion that once threatened to drown us.

ADHD is also an effect of Ethereal behavior. This means that once they become aware of their contribution to this state of mind, a change can be enacted.

As opposed to Bipolar states, our Muses aren’t experiencing the same emotional state. More to the point, their focus isn’t even on the same topic or event. This can be a result of competition for control of our Apex, or it can be a lack of interest in our activities and surroundings. Or they may have just given up.

Competition between our Muses results in hyperactivy. In order to have their own needs met, they disregard the needs of the group. Things that are important to them become their only priority. Our Aggregate Self is no longer a cooperative entity.

When this happens we find it difficult to finish any task or project before we move on to the next one. Only tasks that are easy to finish in a short period of time, or has some tangible, universally appreciated reward are finished. You might imagine a ship’s crew engaged in a free for all over the rudder of the ship. None of them retain control for very long and for destination they all have different ports of call in mind.

Attention deficit occurs, not when our Muses compete with each other, but when they fail to participate. The Apex cannot focus because the majority of its aggregate self is not paying attention. Like when you read a paragraph to its end and realize that you didn’t process any of it and have to start over.

Causality for both attention deficit and hyperactivity are the same. Our Muses feel that their needs are not being met. They find that the Apex does not or rarely focuses on what they believe is important in life. And each Muse has their own idea of what matters. So they compete or just drop out.

What causes a difference in our outward behavior depends upon how they react. They can actively attempt to gain majority control over the Apex, or they simply drift off into their own thoughts. This causes the conditions that deprive the Apex of its full potential.

This means is that we have a path to change. We can identify what each of our Muses believes to be important in our lives. We can ensure that each of their needs are being met by devoting time to these activities.

Rather than being a competition, we can retrain ourselves to have inner cooperation. First by taking the time to truly listen to our inner voices. Secondly, by having patience. Patience and faith in a positive outcome are required for the Apex to learn how to listen.

There are many ways to be at peace with yourself. Understanding the mind that makes us who we are is how I’ve found my path to peace. Providing help to others is how I continue to find it.

I invite you to stay on this path with me. I hope that following along is helping you. As always I look forward to your comments and stories of your own. They will reveal new paths for us to follow along in our journey together and I can’t wait to find them.

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