J. Aviles is creating Essays, Art, & Theories
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Through this site, I will explain the nature of 'mental illness', beginning with Autism, through the lens of the science of Cybernetics.

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My initial goal is to cross a threshold of credibility with you whereby we can later on more confidently explore together several topics I suspect might be of mutual interest, such as the development of personality; human intelligence; Artificial Intelligence; and Complex Loops (the process by which systems with discrete rules reach equilibrium). To that end, I offer you my unified theory of mental illness - which I've termed Six-Factor Syndrome (6FS). 

6FS posits that Psychopathy (1), Schizophrenia (2), Autism (3), and Bi-Polar Disorder (4):

  • Fall along a single spectrum in the shape of a loop that runs parallel to Narcissistic Personality Disorder (5), within a Dissociative Disorder (6) framework
  • Are environmentally-dependent, discretely expressed, complementary, and co-reinforcing cyclical mental states of varying intensity
  • When apparent: Are the product of environmental factors that trigger a context-dependent reflexive response
  • Are spawned primarily through child rearing strategies that unwittingly emulate narcissistic parenting styles, or which are in fact narcissistic in nature
  • Are universal adaptive modes of thinking; whose timing and intensity of expression are responses to perceived environmental pressures; but which may become over-stimulated and arrhythmic to changes in the environments in which they occur, and thus become more apparent
  • In their problematic forms: Are preventable, highly treatable, and likely "curable" (persistently remaining outside visible range of spectrum) through 'anchoring' and 'traction'-gaining strategies

Over the coming weeks, as time permits, I'll be deconstructing these six mental states and their modifiers - along with ADHD and OCD - and describing their underpinnings and functions, and the myriad ways in which they relate to and interact with one another. We'll explore the reasons why they're currently so difficult to properly diagnose, let alone treat when they become overexpressed; and clear up many of the common misconceptions that exist around them (in particular narcissism and psychopathy). 

First on the list will be Autism.

Together we're going to examine its cause and progression from infancy into adulthood; the role that empathy plays in its development; its dozens of symptoms, how they come about, and their expression; and the perceptual existence of the persons behind the Autism curtain, so to speak.  

We'll also discuss a variety of practical methods and means by which a person so inclined could overcome the worst aspects of Autism, while retaining its many positive attributes.
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Through this site, I will explain the nature of 'mental illness', beginning with Autism, through the lens of the science of Cybernetics.

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