Looking at the oil engine light flashing on the car’s dash should raise an alarm that something is amiss, such as: 1) the oil level is low, 2) the oil needs changing, 3) the oil pump clogged or worn out, 4) a gasket broke on the oil filter, 5) the sending unit could be defective, etc. The oil light is not the problem. It is not destructive. It is not a disorder. The light is doing its job indicating something amiss in the works which could prove to be disastrous if misunderstood and ignored.
In “Symbiotic Psychology: The Synergy Between Mind, Body, Emotions, and Consciousness”, I am arguing for a different emotional paradigm analogous to the dashboard oil light. Emotions are the perception of the body’s physiological biochemistry precipitated by cognition. Emotions don’t change biology, cognition changes biology. Emotions are the sensory perception of this biological change. And, therefore, there is not an emotional disorder of depression, but a cognitive disorder of depression. Suicide is not an emotional issue, it is a cognitive issue. Emotions are only reflecting cognitive self-abuse. I am saying that the mental health academia needs to approach mental health issues from an evolved symbiotic relationship between cognition, physiological biochemistry, emotional perception, and consciousness.
My end argument is that individuals must be empowered through training and education to exploit their emotional system, that they may use their emotions as evolved with any medications gradually eliminated as the patient becomes more proficient in utilizing their emotional guidance.
But a lifetime of believing in emotional destructiveness and disorders rather than emotions as a reflection of cognitive destructiveness and disorders may be a barrier greater than my words can penetrate. Yet, this is where a cure can be found would one dare to look and imagine.