The Dysfunctional Mind



Adaptability is one of the main characteristic of the normal human mind. Problems relating to divergent demands e.g. from requests of the professional and of the private life are easy to handle for some individuals but difficult to manage for others.






Dysfunction of the mind can easily be induced by sensory overload, sleep deprivation, exposition to unusual situations like war, drugs such as alcohol and others. Immediate consequences are e.g. failure to fulfill impending tasks, to fail to recognize signs of danger, to falsely assume of being in control etc.. Long-term damage as a result of interference of those memorized events with actual requests may manifest as posttraumatic stress disorders.






Forms of endogen and/or exogenous dysfunction of the mind are disabilities such as reading impairment, attention deficit disorders etc., addiction problems related to drug abuse or habits such as gambling or even arising from the normal professional activity, behavior problems such as cross-dressing, kleptomania, pyromania and others.




Many forms of dysfunction of the mind have their origin either in events of the early childhood such as in educational neglect, others may result from poor cultural adaptation such as e.g. being unable to communicate in a new thus foreign language.

(In spite of the lack of confirmation of their theories, Freud and Jung have much merit in pointing out that many psychological problems have their roots in events of the early childhood and interpersonal and/or cultural conflicts.)





  Treatment of mental dysfunctions consist in attempts to resolve underlying conflicts, to change behavior patterns and/or drug therapy. Key to optimal therapeutic success is early detection.

Obvious mayor groups of states of dysfunction are psychiatric diseases.

A rare state of dysfunction following traumatic brain injury is the split mind phenomena, characterized by the activity of two autonomously decision-making centers.





In spite of many unsolved problems and the awesome forms of its manifestations, the basic outlay of the human mind is rather well established. Crucial for it’s understanding is to realize that the mind is not a matter of speculation but rather of precise knowledge, and that to acquire basic knowledge is even for a non-scientist within reach.

Changing the attitude towards the mind from a philosophical to a rather neurobiological point of view may influence the way of self-assessment. Establishing e.g. a personal outlay of ones artistic abilities in respect to music, writing, dance and painting together with motivations and goals, allows easily to identify areas of strength, limitations and neglect.

A striking finding in such attempt may be to realize the individuality of the process of learning, that certain procedures are highly beneficial form some people but completely disastrous for others, knowledge also of interest when acting as a teacher.

To acquire detailed knowledge in regard of the mind is for most artist rarely a necessity, but to realize that such knowledge exists is nevertheless important, and eventually protective in regard of erroneous assumptions.