The Psychological Bypass. Ooh, let’s investigate, Seekers of Truth. What is the Psychological Bypass?
Why can it slow down your personal growth and spiritual awakening? Additionally, how can you avoid it?
And maybe most interesting (and ironic) of all:
Why is it that psychotherapists… Yes, psychotherapists, good professionals… Especially those who coined the phrase “The Spiritual Bypass”…
Why is it that psychotherapists have encouraged countless people to take “The Psychological Bypass”? And yet, been blind to this unintended consequence of psychotherapy? (And also pop psychology.)
Evidently it takes the founder of a different field — Energy Spirituality — to discover this problem. To name it. Also, to help people overcome it.
The Psychological Bypass. What Is It?
Simply put, people with this problem move in and out of paying attention to reality.
In particular, countless times a day, they fancy life up.
Particularly if they’re not feeling happy! Supposedly, now it’s time to analyze.
Ironically, self-actualizing people are the ones who suffer here. Due to taking this bypass away from reality. Instead of just plain living, they analyze life psychologically.
Ironically, this doesn’t help them live well psychologically. Or humanly. Since self-analysis can keep a person from making contact with human reality.
Yet this mistake is quite common. Given certain kinds of self-help with a psychological pin.
For Example, Meet Joe. He Often Takes the Psychological Bypass
In order to understand humanly what’s involved, let’s consider the plight of hypothetical Joe. He cares a great deal about personal growth.
For a while he was in therapy. Now he’s among the millions of people who believe they can “Be my own therapist.”
As a result, Joe no longer lives his life. Like a pitiful innocent. Like an ignorant time-waster. No-no.
Instead Joe uses Psychological Encouragements to Bypass Reality. (In a follow-up blog post, you’ll see a short list of typical practices. Any of which can result in this particular bypass problem.)
No longer does hardworking Joe do simple things:
- Such as merely doing his job while he’s at work.
- Or chit-chatting with a friend.
- Or doing his best to get along with his housemates.
That’s for ordinary people. Joe aims to be extraordinary.
Yes, This Is as Unhelpful as Taking the Spiritual Bypass
Ironically, psychotherapists have flagged “The Spiritual Bypass” as a big waste of time. Only there, people manipulate their awareness to avoid ordinary human life….
By attempting to do something spiritual.
Meanwhile, so many therapists encourage folks to manipulate their awareness by doing something psychological. Even worse, pop psychology really encourages people like Joe to move into “The Pop Psych Trap, Human Life Bypass.” AKA you know what.
Too much of this shows in a person’s aura. Researchable with Stage 3 Energetic Literacy and other skills of Energy Spirituality. So common is the resulting problem, over-analyzing life psychologically! So common, I’ve coined a term for a “consciousness lifestyle” that results from too much riding on that bypass: Psychological Overwork.
Yep, Psychological Overwork results from too many consciousness exits off the highway of human life. And off-ramping into the Psychological Bypass.
And it leads to being spiritually stuck. As well as psychologically stuck. Working harder and harder. Receiving diminishing returns. Ouch!
How Can You Get of this Time-Wasting, Life-Wasting Bypass…
And Back to Living Productively?
Read this how-to book on “The New Strong.”
Or take the New Strong Online Workshops, starting with the Free Intro.
You can definitely learn how to “Stop Fixing Yourself—And Actually Accelerate Your Personal Growth!” But don’t expect to learn from a short article at this blog.
Take a few hours and learn properly. Because what I’m teaching isn’t difficult. However, it is new. And, unlike all the easy cliches from pop psychology (thoroughly lodged in Collective Consciousness), Energy Spirituality discoveries are NEW.
New, and appropriate for helping you to thrive in the Age of Awakening.
In Conclusion, Score Another Pioneering Point for Energy Spirituality
Since, to my knowledge, this is the first article published online to define “The Psychological Bypass.” Although the topic did come up in related Comments #60-67 at a recent article on Taking the Spiritual Bypass. Follow that to see how I came up with today’s article. (Thanks, JNANA.)