Well, the thoughts of recent happening are along the nature of how malleable one’s perception of Reality actually is. One of the reasons I’ve been slow to post this past month is because I’ve been “charting new ground”. In the sense that I’ve been trying to dig into literature, and my own mindset to see how feasible some of these thoughts are.
The first thought I’ve been toying with ties in with one’s perception of self, and their body image. Taking into consideration that we are generally perceived to be constituted as beings of matter/energy according to a prevalent western paradigm. Along with notions of Plato’s Cave allegory (that what we see as Reality, is really just shadows/illusions). I’ve been toying with the idea that a person can change their own bodily perception if they can change their mindset.
Without further ado, based upon Jungian psychology of the mind having a ego, shadow, and unconscious along with a gendered anima/animus. I’ve added in notions of a “split mind” based upon notions of our two hemispheres. One hemisphere being considered more “feminine” and “abstract” with non-sequential logic (the right hemisphere). And the other (left hemisphere) being more sequential logic, concrete perception based.This diagram for short.
As one can see there are two modes of self image, one in each hemisphere according to this conception. There is also a portion of body image in the right hemisphere. Accordingly, it would seem to me that the left hemisphere of the brain is favored a lot in modern culture with all it’s reading/writing/math….etc.
In the brain there’s the corpus callosum that connects both hemispheres. One hypothesis for anyone interested is to look into the notion of the corpus callosum being “mono-directional”. In that electrical signals may flow predominately from one hemisphere to the other. That one side takes over the other for extra usage instead of both being a two way street/flow of information.
This later thought was brought up by a notion of “right-handedness”, or a favored side of the body that is utilized in daily life. I think it is. Normally I’m predominately right handed, but I’ve been doing experiments/training to help develop strength/coordination in the left hand. Oddly, for those who don’t know the brain’s hemisphere configuration coordinates with the opposite side of the body. The right hand is controlled/influenced by the left hemisphere, and the left hand by the right hemisphere.
Thus the thought is, if I can influence/develop my capabilities with the left hand (which has been neglected for usage for the most part), I should strength connections/abilities with the right hemisphere.
Tying this back into Jungian psychology, I would like to venture into a notion that each hemisphere has a internal mind which is supported through several incidents where the corpus callosum has been severed. In those cases the patient has developed “two personalities” within one body. Thus I’d like to push even further into this speculation, and say that each hemisphere can, and may have a ego, shadow, and unconscious within it. Now the question is, if one ego sees the body a certain way, and the other hemisphere’s ego sees the body a different way which one is “correct”?
Let us assume something for a moment, and say that my left hemisphere is my dominant one, and has a masculine identity. It sees the world, and itself as a male within a “male world”. It has taken over or subordinated the right hemisphere up until this point. Running with this, let us say that the right hemisphere has a feminine identity, and sees itself as a woman within a female world. Is this possible? Personally, I don’t see why not, body image is stored within the mind, so if the mind is accustomed to seeing the world said way….based upon information received/given… What happens?
So to break this down a little bit, we each have “two minds” that connect up to make one individual/holistic brain. Each mind, depending upon life factors/history/experience may have their own ego, their own shadow, and their own unconscious. Some people may have a double of the same. Ie; Two masculine identities, or two feminine identities. Even just as likely, a person may be “bi-gendered”, and have both gendered identities.
One mind is generally dominant, and forces/coerces the other into subordination. Thus this final theory is, there are those people who have access to a feminine identity as a woman in a bicameral mind, and there are those who have access to a masculine identity too.
I have a feeling that, for most people in their daily culture, they are restricted to one identity alone, and this kills their other identity that lies locked within their other hemisphere. The question I’ve been working through myself, and experimenting with is; Is it possible to unlock/release the other identity/self through acting in different manners?
To an extent, I think it is. I have experienced “Phantom Limb” of body parts I normally wouldn’t have if I was solely “Male”. Like say bodily sensations/tingling of breasts/vagina nerve clusters in the body. And a complete change in psyche of identity.
To those who are used to seeing the world in a more “concrete” manner. I would assume that these thoughts are highly disturbing, but it may just be me and psychosis (if you really care to label it).
Personally, I think my perspective is the more authentic/correct one, where the mind and its accumulated psychic history influences the person’s bodily perception, and how they see themselves in the world. After all, who is it that determines what is “Male/Female”…etc. It is a constructed notion, in the vein of it being socially enforced to a degree. The label, “male” may reflect a notion about reality, but “Male” is not the reality. It is a symbol used to convey a sense about an aspect of reality.
A person, has to look beyond the restrictions of the languages they are using, and realize that the language that they do use, restricts their worldview. (Linguistic Relativity).