I believe I have found the missing link, the basis of phylogeny, archetype, the Freudian super-ego, and, the reason psychical resistance to change (fixation/psychical inertia) is so potent: Epigenetic memory transferred across generations. This may be why psychology is, let us admit, so difficult, often slow and sometimes fruitless. The basis has yet to be accessed directly. I wish to discuss these ideas and perhaps, create an email circle or group to explore experimental and therapeutic options drawn from this thinking. Please contact me if you are a psychologist, geneticist, thinker or fundraiser and let us begin a new approach to psychology: Mnemic Psycho-Epigenetics. I will spell out the basics as I have discovered them. First a foundation is linked below, then new text under it.
To begin, we must understand that consciousness itself, and qualitative valence of experience are affective:
Next, we must understand that a new psychological situation exists due to SSRI drugs, which when withdrawn from high doses allow reactive unconscious content to be directly observed, as repression is 5-HT dependent:
Next, we must understand that the above mentioned content, supports Freudian theory quite closely, and the disclosed scenes reveal the kernel at the heart of super-ego, and make clear, that unconscious fantasy is indeed quite demonstrably real (there is a great deal more here, please ask):
Limbic connectivity and sympathetic neural balance: the primary psycho-physiological locus of affect:
Who Fired Prometheus? The historical genesis and ontology of super-ego and the castration complex: The destructuralization and repair of modern personality An essay in five parts:
Nine Short Essays and Native Psychoanalysis––a Non-Elliptical Technique: Necessary Background Information Basic to Native Psychoanalysis:
Next, please note that I have predicted, and experiments have confirmed, that epigenetic memory is the likely cross-generational vehicle of phylogeny itself!
Methylation of DNA, instinct, technology and phylogeny: A hypothetical epigenetic modus operandi––the bio-quantum hard-drive:
Subsequent animal experiments and now this attest to the possibility:
I have derived the following by way of self-psychoanalysis, using a technique which allows unconscious access.
The piece of epigenetic memory is as a relational template sans specifics, a relational template specifying script and referring to some props, but with no actors. In a sort of paranoid transference, meaning, the outcome is determined as rote, the pieces pre-defined in their relation, that relation selected in its specifics as a product of current threat or whatever resonance, and so, the epigenetic takes on its ontological specificity. Think of the epigenetic as syntax, as relational information, and the current situation as indexing the right set of syntax, and then filling the role of the words, with a process of partial distortion. Eg., A threat produces super-ego, a phylogenetic memory comes to the fore. This is a memory from the past, a somatic memory of course, of castration, loss of life-sustaining care or wholescale genital mutilation. Now, the hideous scenes are filled with the current players, or, distortions of them. Some archetypal specificity is available, but the players, the scenes (and some props), are mainly from the current situation. So the epigenetic impressions are relational information, clustered syntax around which the players from the current situation perform, some with masks.
Now, if we take a psychotic, we can see his replacement of external with internal reality, is sourced not only at the level of the unconscious, but the unconscious is filled up with genetic instructions from phylogeny! To see these old memories, and hallucinate, indicates that the impressions are too potent, or, the system is too disorganized or weak to contain them (SSRI withdrawal). These should assign abstract valuation of valence to experience, not replace experience! So, perhaps this is why psychology is so very ineffective. It has yet to find the source, and address the formative problem.
Think intuitively of the pieces of epigenetic phylogeny as preexistent experiential/relational definitions, which are compounded, superposed if you will in a dynamic structure: an "experiential template." The relations between objects, the feeling tone and valence of reality, its implied meaning and resultant reactive specificity are deeply influenced by the epigenetic expression or curtailment of this phylogenetic basis.
Which pieces of unconscious content are influencing the transference that creates reality and to what degree, are therefore, by this reasoning, accounted for in no small measure by our dynamic historical legacy: mnemic epigenetic expression, or lack thereof. Of course, unconscious dynamics are the fount of reality, health and illness. Formative unconscious dynamics as they affect the definitional transference are the basis of correct psychological balance and pathologic etiology. (Please ask me for information pertaining to the transference as specified).
A specific neuroanatomical signature will be associated with each type of unconscious content:
I predict a specific epigenetic signature will also be available defining the most potent pieces of historically derived pathogenic influence.
HERE IS A BASIC IDEA OF HOW THAT WILL LOOK:
To extend the idea from the last link, one could derive the unexpressed potential encoding associated with the basic stages of development, as each is known rightly to be a key point of potential pathology, and, as plain historical derivatives must without question be deeply supported by phylogeny. One would look to pre-development, to pre-expression, and then to the completed phase to define the piece of encoding and its significance as expressed and unexpressed (see above link). Then, in cases of neurosis, the key crux of fixated affective hyper or hypo-expression associated with anal and phallic developmental components could be derived. Although the oral seems expressed ab initio, training, reward and satisfaction are structured, so there should be a fixated/healthy derivation available here too. This compliment to the epigenetic mnemic basis derived supporting super-ego, would provide the beginnings of a sure footing upon which to ground a new and effective psychology.
From this vantage we may venture a daring, yet possible conclusion: The repetition compulsion itself, the heart of unconscious resistance and the conservation of the organic instincts, may be sourced at, and, be an expression of, epigenetic memory.
To uncover the epigenetic encoding associated with super-ego, trauma, archetype and epigenetic expressive dynamics of these affective pieces of mnemic legacy, alongside of neuroscience, will put a hard, quantitative scientific basis, based on real etiology, under depth psychology and phylogeny. The resistances which function by reawakening pieces of underlying dynamic genetic support for pathology, such as the castration complex and others, may be identified, and perhaps stabilized so as to ameliorate pathological expression.
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