The Importance of Causation in “Psychosis”

I think groups help message receivers when it comes to being flexible with the concept of causation of “psychosis.” One of the few rules of a Hearing Voices Network Group is that all causation explanations are allowed. I’d argue that this sets the stage for what I have come to term functional flexible theory styles. Hearing authentic stories from peers about their experience and beliefs of causation  invites collaboration and ultimately flexibility. I think this naturally helps people out towards their social goals

Not only is discussing their experiences without punishment a novel and emancipating idea, it encourages a sense of belonging to a peer group. A positive consequence is that the group becomes more less focused on the content and more the process of what is going on. There is a sense of working together that helps the message receiver be more mindful and open.  For eight years I have watched this process help heal people.

It is true I have developed some jargon to describe the process of message receiving. In the process of doing this I have become a believe that causation flexibility can help facilitate social goals.  For starters, in my upcoming book on Special Messages, I identify five causation styles:

5 Styles of Theory

psychologies

  • Messages are your inner thoughts or unconscious beliefs. They are just in your head.  We broadcast our unconscious beliefs in ways that cause others to interact with us in ways that make our unconscious beliefs realities.
  • Messages are a way of processing things that we aren’t willing to deal with.
  • Messages are a return to a regressed period of attachment in which the baby has destructive relationships with the boobs.

 

oppression of the state

  • Messages come from people following you around and tormenting you in order to control or seek revenge on you who could be a gang, government, corporations, masons, aliens, or other secret societies.
  • Messages are real evidence that the government has to socially control snitches and put them in ditches.

trauma

  • Messages are nothing but figments of past perpetrators or abusers.
  • Messages come from the social thoughts or judgments of others, the social mainstream, or the collective unconscious of others (Stigmas) that are being used to decrease your social standing

 

spiritual

  • Messages come from god, fairies, aliens, ghosts or what we in the west call supernatural experiences.
  • Messages are processes that may help or hurt you in evolving or adapting to the dilemmas of a modern environment.
  • Messages are there to test your ability to be good and evil and are there to lead you to lead others.

scientific processes

  • Message are caused by genetic differences or scientific processes that develop because of nuero-diversity that isn’t socially selected to survive.
  • Message happen when neuro-transmitters get changed through things like environmental stress patterns that fall into genetically derived conditions
  • Messages happen when spiritual genes get persecuted in our society

Though groups work quite naturally, I have developed some techniques to help explain or demonstrate the importance of being flexible with causation.  When I jargon-talk functional flexible theory styles with people, I explain that every special message (voice, intuition, interpersonal perception, symbolic interpretation, punny linguistic coincidence, cue from the media or natural occurrences, etcetera) that causes distress can be dealt with by varying the theory style and make alternative meaning of the experience. Usually message receiver us only one theory style during crisis and it make the experience unbearable/

When the message receiver can  learn to become open to accepting alternative theories, it can catapult them in terms of their ability to complete social functioning tasks. Eventually, they simply need to choose to believe an explanation that they can accept that decreases distress. An alternative theory doesn’t even have to claim to be real or true, but if the message receiver can use it to decrease distress, they might learn a positive skill. Then, they need to wait and let god reveal the answer to them. It is about using spirituality to enhance emotional intelligence. Hence I like to call this a spiritual skill.

What does this look like?

Below I have identified five different kinds of message experiences and and created different causation explanations based on the above theory styles. To be helpful to a message receiver in distress from a special message, I propose using  the graph below to create alternative meanings of the special message experience.  These can be proposed to a message receiver not as a reality check but as a means to evade extreme distress when they are open to talking about it.

Punny verbal coincidence:

  • Speakers unconscious projecting
  • Intentional coded disrespect
  • Spiritual linguistic coincidence
  • Currently insignificant but reminds victim of a past of abuse
  • Neuro-chemicals enhancing reality

Object in the road:

  • Visual illusion created by the unconscious
  • Intentional mafia expression of control
  • God or the devil put it there
  • Still impacted by the last piece of random litter and in trauma
  • Gene code that forces the brain to make insignificant meaning

Voice:

  • Unconscious thoughts
  • Governmental/mafia communication via vibrations in your fillings
  • Alien Satellite communication through a computer chip in your head
  • Telepathic directives from evil societies such as the Church of Satan
  • Dead relative
  • Past perpetrator
  • Result of a specific inherited gene that gets activated

Special broadcast on TV movie

  • Unconscious illusions based on: what’s really on the message receiver mind
  • Hollywood illuminate coding its secret reality
  • A special broadcast from the CIA
  • Propaganda overseen by the US Government
  • Spiritual coincidence that relates to your life
  • Witnessing a coincidence that is tipping of a traumatic recall
  • Flood of dopamine between the neurotransmitters

Uncanny intuition from an interpersonal interaction:

  • Message receivers personal issues being projected onto the situation
  • Maybe message receiver is witnessing a real FBI sting, or undercover agent
  • An ability to pick up on real spiritual energy
  • Able to sense a real perpetrator/victim interaction
  • Coincidental flood of serotonin

I believe that having a cultural feel for what is going on during a psychotic episode or message crisis enables a helper to propose alternative meaning that may help the message receiver decrease the distress. Different explanation will work in different contexts.  It is up to the helper to know the message receiver well enough to propose a successful alternative meaning that is acceptable to them.  This can help further the relationship and increase trust for something other than the information and power that the messages wield.

But don’t expect to run off and propose alternative meanings immediately. Using this functional flexible theory style strategy takes some time and relationship to make work. It’s more like the facilitator can highlight this process when it occurs naturally after many sessions and during points of good group cohesion.

freud   Two Inflexible Dudes!

Author: Tim Dreby

I am an award-winning author and practicing psychotherapist

6 thoughts on “The Importance of Causation in “Psychosis””

  1. I’ve not yet dealt with someone in crisis. But I have been to many peer support groups for hearing voices. I do not understand why it is necessary to go into causes of voice hearing. Can’t we just listen to the “afflicted” person and be supportive? Labeling sources, to me, seems very clinical, and harkens back to DSM categories and behaviors. Why can’t the voices be accepted at face value without interpretations?

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    1. Dear Don, thanks for your comment. I understand that labels and categories are triggering and hadn’t thought of that. The point of what I wrote is to bring reality and validation to all potential causation experiences. It comes from eight years of excited listening. My point is that while some causation explanations are 95% correct for a person who is experienced with them, there are small time periods when they may cause that person distress. Learning to be flexible and to realize that another explanation can be used is meant to help support people. Additionally, I have found that listening to other peoples causation explanations has helped me from a lot of trauma I experienced when I was in crisis, when I thought the mafia was after me and the only job I could find was working at an Italian Deli. For me the DSM labels are still very distressing so point well taken.

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    2. Because hearing voices is very disturbing and we want to know why they are there. Did I do something wrong? Was I abused? Is God punishing me? Is someone out to get me? Is it just a neuro reaction? Maybe ultimately what’s most important is the opportunity to label yourself and your experiences.
      And every mental health professional has some preconceived notion of why you hear voices which leaks out at some point. I want more control over my self-concept than just accepting another’s interpretation. One CBT counselor believed it was in the past and irrelevant, and said I should just ignore them. This kept me stuck for years, and devalued the role of voices in my life. If I had had a strong opinion on where they came from I could have discussed the mismatch in our views or maybe found someone who matched better.

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      1. Right, and the point is to teach people so many explanations that they can learn to make those causation matters irrelevant and just accept what they are experiencing– and let them know they are in good company. But doing this can be a process and it is very okay to go through it. Thanks so much for your read and comment!!

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  2. I’m a big Foucault Madness and Civilization fan. I can see how that would fit into this scheme very well — that society labels us and decides what our voices mean. I tend to believe this. Have you looked at Foucault in your studies/writing? Is it in your new book at all? I look forward to reading it and finding out.
    PS — you should create a FB event and invite a lot of people for your new book Oct 17. I could send you the names of some FB groups that would be interested, and then it would go on people’s FB calendars.

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    1. Dear PaiselyToes:

      I am a big fan of Foucault as well and am very influenced by his theory. To be honest though I am trying to write a book without references. I am trying to honor stories of on the ground “psychosis” by referencing and disguising them.

      Perhaps it is laziness mixed with a little rebellion about academic traditions that did little to help me when I was incarcerated.

      It is also about being authentic and who I am. I am not a prolific reader, I am a prolific liver who likes to write. I believe I am good at writing but very poor when it comes to reading about. As a reader, I am slow and painstaking and it is not fun for me.

      I am going to connect with you on facebook and checkout to see if you are connected to groups that I don’t know about. The suggestion of an event is a very good one, thank you very much!!!

      Sincerley,

      Clyde

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