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HOW TO KEEP OUT OF THE PSYCHIATRISTS' HANDS

Another factor in the pattern of a healthy life is unselfish devotion to persons and causes outside oneself. Human personality was not made to be self-centered. To get out of oneself, to find something worth while living for, to fall in love with another person, discover a challenging vocation, plunge into an exciting adventure, or go all out for a good cause: to lose oneself, as Jesus said, and so find oneself, is the essential condition of a healthy life.
Excessive egocentricity is a disease. This is one reason why neurotics are generally not underprivileged but privileged people. With plenty to live by they have never found anything exciting and worth while to live for. Often they try to escape from their emotional prison by self-explosion-drunkenness, sexual excess, and all the rest-but self-explosion is not self-expression. People really express themselves only when they put themselves unselfishly into persons and causes they believe in and love. Religion has been saying that for centuries. Now Dr. Gordon Allport, professor of psychology at Harvard, says it: "Paradoxically, `self-expression' requires the capacity to lose oneself in the pursuit of objectives not primarily referred to the self."
Underneath such factors in the pattern of a healthy life is another one, if anything, more basic still: faith in life itself as meaningful and purposeful. At this point irreligion has one of its most psychologically disastrous effects. If irreiigion were only disbelief in "religion," we might stand it; but honest-to-goodness irreligion-reducing the universe to protons and electrons going it blind, no God behind it, nor spiritual purpose in it, no destiny ahead of it save universal annihilation-is not disbelief in "religion" alone, but fundamental disbelief in life itself, its purposefulness and high meaning.
The logical result of such skepticism is to make people think: What is the use anyway? And the psychological result is disintegrating personal cynicism. So one of Dr. Jung's patients said to him: "If only I knew that my life had some meaning and purpose, then there would be no silly story about my nerves!" Human personality was not made to flourish on any such futilitarian idea of life, and it

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Now Dr. Gordon Allport, professor of psychology at Harvard, says it: "Paradoxically, `self-expression' requires what is capacity to lose oneself in what is pursuit of objectives not primarily referred to what is self." Underneath such factors in what is pattern of a healthy life is another one, if anything, more basic still: faith in life itself as meaningful and purposeful. At this point irreligion has one of its most psychologically disastrous effects. If irreiigion were only disbelief in "religion," we might stand it; but honest-to-goodness irreligion-reducing what is universe to protons and electrons going it blind, no God behind it, nor spiritual purpose in it, no destiny ahead of it save universal annihilation-is not disbelief in "religion" alone, but fundamental disbelief in life itself, its purposefulness and high meaning. what is logical result of such skepticism is to make people think: What is what is use anyway? 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