Prof. Dr. Kemal Arıkan
Psikiyatrist

A Matter of Objective and Physiological Intelligence of my Patients

The one who doesn’t know their objective is like the leaves shed in the fall. They look beautiful. But they are stepped over by all. They are scattered around. Those who have an objective, on the other hand, are like deep-rooted plane trees. Healthy, useful, solid, ageless, and many other things…

As a matter of fact, unrealistic objectives remain as utopias, which lead to inevitable disappointments. Now that everything exists, yet at the same time it does not, falling into this trap is as easy as duck soup.

There are specific factors while determining healthy objectives. Age, for instance, is the most important one. Humans calm down as they grow old, while objectives are set on a healthy ground, and aggressive behaviors are softened. The importance attached on the object clicks into the place. It calms down.

Historical knowledge and consciousness are other factors. They require a strict education and discipline. Here are the dramatic ends of those saying “everything” in the history. And the deep disappearance of those who say “nothing”.

Yet the healthy ones say neither “everything” nor “nothing”. They don’t get lost, or carve people’s eyes out.

It is of great importance to know of one’s own skills and to calculate environmental factors, isn’t it? How interesting would it be for a patient, who has gone through infarction, to set the Himalayan summits as an objective almost immediately…

The common point that I’ve seen in my patients, whom I haven’t started treating, is in close association with this matter of objective. Those who couldn’t reach their objectives, those who have the feeling of deficiency caused by that failure, those who feel excessively proud. They respectively fall into the scenes that are called neurotic structure, depressive reaction or mania. Won’t you think of schizophrenia when you see impossible objectives like dominating the stars, or of mental retardation based on objectives aimed at solely sustaining the life, or of personality disorders based on objectives such as living off of somebody or never making concessions to one’s objectives?

Those, who initially wish for health in their prayers, then happiness in the two world for the ones they love, and then science and legitimate earnings in order to have a better understanding of both material and spiritual worlds, or those, who want to dominate their own weaknesses…What a beautiful objective they talk about…

Beyond all that, it must be an advanced stage to recognize that willpower is quite insignificant in terms of setting objectives.

With regards to this topic, I would like to express one thing that I observed in my patients. They have such serious and painful experiences that their philosophical intelligence hits the ceiling. The meaning of life and the practicalness of the objectives start to make sense. And even better, they continue their endeavors until the consciousness of objective is fully formed.

At this point, their expectations from us as physicians, with their looks full of vocal and mostly quiet questions, make us shed light over that road.

The questions they ask all have the same meaning. “What is an objective?” they ask. What’s expected of physicians, however, is to stand as solid as a lighthouse in the sea, and to keep lighting up under any circumstances without feeling tired. The rest is all about wishing perseverance for the patient, for the physician and for the entire humanity.

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