The Physiology of Type: Falsification of Type and PASS (Prolonged Adaption Stress Syndrome)

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I wonder if something similar to PASS is going on during addiction/withdrawal. Many get addicted to mask other identity issues. That masking might be akin to type falsification and result in something similar to PASS.

So what does it mean?

The parts of the brain show what one is good at? So what about a student who goes from say an math major to a nursing major in college? Would that count? If that person is naturally good at math, then that person would be at his or her best when in that field and suffer at other places?


Someone can be good at math and it could still be a false self. Humans are adaptable. We're capable of wearing and developing complex masks. It perhaps serves a survival purpose. Passive humans had to kill dangerous animals just like their aggressive peers. If nursing were more true for this hypothetical person, that person might thrive and heal. If nursing is less true, things might eventually implode.

So then how

Does a person know what is natural and not a mask? Should that person just strive to live easily and not challenge themselves much? I mean I know you don't know for sure, but what is your take on that?

Perhaps it's not a question

Perhaps it's not a question of what comes easily. I suspect that people achieve their greatest feats when drawing on these inner energies even if one gets slightly misdirected from the unknown precise target. Think of the highs and lows in your own life. I could have a high or low under challenge or ease. If anything, ease is worse. When I'm aligned, things flow. When I'm not, flow is nearly impossible. In the battle to be oneself, maybe one has to resign not to battle. This PASS research suggests that might be impossible.

How does one know? Look at the other humans to gain insight. Jung's system is one of many systems which attempt to map humanity beginning perhaps with astrology. The task is to gain awareness and develop oneself more fully, though not necessarily more broadly. Through that process, the natural becomes more apparent and the masks fall away. That process requires challenge, not ease. This challenge has potentially been misdirected by suggesting we must all be well-rounded rather than our most developed selves.

Mathematics, nursing, and a human

[W]hen you function as a totality[,] you function in tune with the totality. When you function as a part[,] you have fallen apart; you are no longer in tune with the total.

--Osho, Ecstasy:The Forgotten Language, Talks on Songs of Kabir, Discourse # 5

If mathematics and nursing are parts, there is little hope for totality until one combines them, even if that means doing them sequentially. Ease is flow with totality.

I see

Through challenge, one gets to see where flow occurs and where strain occurs. Reminds me of an analogy I heard about transformation vs deviation. A fish can never fly nor can a bird swim like a fish.

It can be difficult to do.

It can be difficult to do. For some reason, we've become hypersensitive to the biofeedback we need. People are often worried about giving me feedback and then surprised that I embrace it. Academic/work/other settings that don't provide enough useful feedback can be terrible. 

A fish can fly through water and a bird can swim through air. The medium is as important, if not more so, than method. That's partially what that PASS article was suggesting.