MichaelEmeryArt

Using the Ego's Power

I was contemplating how our ego's distract us in times of mudane activities,example might be say,"assembly line type work",.."Boredoms". Then how for myself, if I am able to "doodle or sketch",I can overcome the Dysphoria of 

Links on Boredom,mudaness Dysphoria

Anhedonia refers to a diverse array of deficits in hedonic function, including reduced motivation or ability to experience pleasure.[1] While earlier definitions of anhedonia emphasized the inability to experience pleasure, anhedonia is used by researchers to refer to reduced motivation, reduced anticipatory pleasure (wanting), reduced consummatory pleasure (liking), and deficits in reinforcement learning.[2][3][4] In the DSM-V, anhedonia is a component of depressive disorders, substance related disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders, where it is defined by either a reduced ability to experience pleasure, or a diminished interest in engaging in pleasurable activities.[5][6] While the ICD-10 does not explicitly mention anhedonia, the depressive symptom analogous to anhedonia as described in the DSM-V is a loss of interest or pleasure.[7] Theorists Sándor Radó and Paul Meehl posited that anhedonia represents an underlying genetic vulnerability to schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.[8]

Dysphoria (from Greek: (dysphoros), δυσ-, difficult, and φέρειν, to bear) is a profound state of unease or dissatisfaction. In a psychiatric context, dysphoria may accompany depression, anxiety, or agitation. It can also refer to a state of not being comfortable in one's current body, particularly in cases of gender dysphoria. Common reactions to dysphoria include emotional distress; in some cases, even physical distress is seen. The opposite state of mind is known as euphoria.

In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. The occurrence of cognitive dissonance is a consequence of a person performing an action that contradicts personal beliefs, ideals, and values; and also occurs when confronted with new information that contradicts said beliefs, ideals, and values.[1][2]

In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957), Leon Festinger proposed that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency in order to mentally function in the real world. A person who experiences internal inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and is motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance. This is done by making changes to justify their stressful behavior, either by adding new parts to the cognition causing the psychological dissonance, or by actively avoiding social situations and/or contradictory information likely to increase the magnitude of the cognitive dissonance.[1]

Individuals who are non-binary (people who do not identify as male or female) might experience both body and social dysphoria. Non-binary identities are often marginalized, ignored, or written off as "gender confusion." Some people may not even be aware of any gender identity other than male or female, and people who do not conform to societal expectations of gender may be stigmatized, misgendered (sometimes intentionally), and may face harassment. All of these can have a harmful impact and contribute to negative feelings, including dysphoria. -GoodTherapy.org       (this is where ego is trying to be socially acceptable)


 For myself ,I think to posing nude for art classes,help me socially show I was different then normal,much more Fem,then then normal societal role of a "Male",
I think it was 1998,,

I can related to " Two-Spirit " model of transgender for a lot of reasons,,However One that stands out is ,In History of Native Americans,,,They didn't have the Option of Hormone therapy or surgery,,thus their being" trans",is purely " Psychological"

From the earliest recorded history of the Eastern World, the Two Spirit has been a part of all ancient societies and culture.


In our own culture, and warrior societies, the Two Spirit has been present. Each culture from the Navajos, Cheyenne, to all the tribes of the plains relate creation myths, and stories about the inclusion of the third gender - Two Spirits.


Originally, Two Spirit was a person, although male in physical gender, he/she would "change" while practicing various Spiritual gifts on behalf of the tribe's benefit; and, become a member of the given, opposite sex (changeling).

Today, Two Spirit is a common "generic" term for gay people.

Early French, Spanish, and English explorers to the new world all document the existence of Two Spirits within each Native American culture. French explorers termed these types of People - Berdache. While these french explorers had their own respective beliefs concerning these Two Spirits, each tribal society held Two Spirits in differing regards.

Most tribes believed that the Two Spirit held a special place with the spiritual realms. In some societies, they were held in equal status as medicine people.

Two Spirits were often allowed to marry their own gender; and, were allowed to have the same status as other married couples.

With the advent of migration into the Western World, Catholicism and Christianity began to reshape the native american beliefs. Along with the loss of tribalism and basic spirituality, the Two Spirit status also underwent polarized change. Acceptance was replaced with labels of "sin".


"IF NATURE PUTS A BURDEN ON A MAN BY MAKING HIM DIFFERENT, IT ALSO GIVES  HIM A POWER" LAME DEER, 1972