The next faculty of the mind, the Buddhi or the Intellect, shines brightly with the light of intelligence. He stated: Because of the unknown quantity in me which reminded Dora of Herr K. , she took her revenge on me as she wanted to take her revenge on him - Thus she acted out an essential part of her recollections and phantasies instead of producing it in the treatment. 12 The psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan believed acting out to be a demand for recognition. 13 For our purposes, the term will describe any behavior that lets an intolerable emotion to bypass our conscious awareness. As I've stated before, though, we do not eradicate intolerable emotions, only our awareness of them. This means the bad feelings we have about ourselves remain intact even when our behavior effectively gets rid of our conscious awareness of them. It's a vicious circle; the more you dislike yourself, the more you act out to eradicate that feeling. You behave like a Clot, causing other people to treat you poorly or avoid you entirely. People don't even know that the HPV vaccine was made to protect our children. Human papillomavirus is a very common sexually transmitted virus, with an estimated 80 percent of sexually active people contracting it at some point in their lives. Approximately 14 million new infections occur yearly in the United States, and as I noted previously, about 79 million people, men and women, are believed to have an active HPV infection at any given time. People should be allowed freedom of choice, but that freedom of choice doesn't always hold when our choices have the potential to cause cancer in another individual. The HPV virus not only affects the people who have it, but it can be transmitted to their sexual partners like HIV. You can try to instill safe-sex practices in your children, but when over 79 million people in the US have this virus, it will be difficult to protect them from everyone they encounter. Choosing not to protect children from HPV with a vaccine is selfish and negligent. Why say to children, Don't smoke cigarettes because they'll cause cancer, then deny them the HPV vaccine? They are much more likely to contract HPV than to start smoking cigarettes.

It all comes down to this: you either want to protect your children or you don't. To reach the site, they started their journey in Colorado and drove south. They drove to the Guadalupe Mountains and hiked in from the nearest access road. They were tired but excited. Their initial investigation of the site proved extremely promising; they were greeted by gusts of cold air coming from the mouth of a cave where Allured proposed they dig. It took until November to secure the necessary permits from the national park to do so. This time, while their friends and family were enjoying their Thanksgiving turkeys with all the fixings, Allured and his colleagues were digging in the chilly weather. By the end of the holiday weekend, they had made enough progress to know that they would come back and continue their work the following Memorial Day weekend. That expedition went well, but it wasn't until November 1985, with the team now swollen to thirteen, that they had a hunch they were getting close. The whistling gusts of wind coming from where they had dug meant they were very close to a deep cave. These two principles work together to create basic patterns of experience that become the foundations for personal identity and a sense of self. The third principle involves securing these gains by helping the self maintain a degree of stability that allows the individual to achieve a sense of personal identity that is relatively steady over time, which is why this approach is also referred to as consistency theories of self- esteem. children begin to develop a sense of self, although identity comes later. For example, the classic rouge experiment involves coloring an area on a child's face with rouge and then placing him or her in front of a mirror. Before 18 months infants will simply look at their images as though they are seeing another child. After that age, however, they begin to focus on the rouge by touching it while looking at the mirror, indicating that they understand it is on their faces, not on another face or an image. Over time, this sense of self in the world acts as a focal point for organizing personal and interpersonal experiences. Those that occur in the more important spheres of life-- namely, relationships with significant others and the domains of activity that are important developmentally at the time-- become the building blocks of identity. The self helps individuals make sense of the world and identity allows one to have a familiar place in it.

Today cognitive developmental psychologists even tie the formation of these basic psychological patterns to the process of neural sculpting, which concerns the ability of the brain to recognize, form, and use patterns of perception, behavior, and understanding. It is with this light that the Buddhi discerns truth from untruth, the real from the unreal. This is the power of Reason. The Intellect, if we use it properly, supervises the active thinking Monkey Mind. It evaluates what is presented by Manas. It is the seat of genuine creativity, for it is from here that something new can come forth, as the Intellect can encompass the past, present and future. Manas, the active thinking mind, can only present experiences from the past. Take for example a meeting called to decide some course of action, such as a board meeting at a company or a staff meeting at a school. If the participants engage their intellect then the events that led up to the present situation can be identified clearly, the various proposals for moving forward can be assessed accurately, and the eventual decision and plan of action can be made to achieve the best outcome. The Chitta is a storehouse of memories. It holds the memory of who we are. And this goes on ad infinitum. It's not just that we don't want to see or accept bad feelings about ourselves; we are driven to get rid of them. Cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek presents a brilliant example of the difference between this desire and drive in his article, The Parallax View. 14 Describing a little girl who tries to grab a bright red ball, he explains that she wants the ball--capturing the ball is her goal--but her hands are small and the ball is big, so when she reaches for it, the ball slips away. Her desire leads her to chase it around the room, and at some point, her goal having been frustrated many times over, yet still having fun nonetheless, her desire transforms. Giggling as she chases the ball all over the place, she becomes interested in sustaining the process. Now, instead of wishing to capture the ball, she is driven to not capture it in order to keep the game going. Drive is not permanently connected to a specific goal.

In this example, the situation demands that the little girl forget her original desire. As a radiologist, I have the power to see people from the inside out. I see their lungs, their bones, and the tumors growing in their bodies. At times, I don't actually see the outside of the patient, but I know more about them than meets the eye. They might have a facelift, fake lips, fake hair, fake breasts, fake everything, but none of that can keep me from seeing the real person. I don't have to wait for them to present with symptoms. I can tell them, You're not looking good on the inside. You need to fix something, and it's not your lips. Their work on the outside might make them look younger and give them the facade of health, but everyone's insides tell the truth. What's interesting, though, is that when I diagnose cancer, the patients always say, I'm really healthy--how can I have cancer? Even if she's a morbidly obese woman or smells of tobacco, I'm not going to tell her just then, You have chosen a lifestyle that may have contributed to your disease. The team again commenced digging in the spring of 1986. Over the last expeditions, the dig had reached about thirty feet long, and Allured and two colleagues, Neil Backstrom and Rick Bridges, were determined to push farther. The task had grown more precarious. Boulders were blocking the passage and the risk of a collapse was increasing, but the trio persisted. As they dug, they found cave pearls, giant flowstone structures that looked like bells, cave chandeliers, and an underground crystalline lake. It was all breathtaking. Slowly, they progressed, and the structures gave way to a big pit. They could not see the bottom. The team estimated that the pit was 150 feet deep.

It was, in fact, much larger and deeper than they could ever imagine. Once the neural networks and patterns concerning the self and world begin to solidify, they need something to hold them together so that a stable sense of identity may form. That something is self- esteem. Consequently, theorists, researchers, and clinicians who study and help people based on the maintenance approach emphasize the way self- esteem acts to stabilize or maintain the self and identity: It does so by shielding or buffering people from the threats that come with failure, disappointment, rejection, loss, and the like. In this sense, self- esteem may be seen as a psychological shield that protects the individual from the well- known slings and arrows of life, both small and large. The stronger one's shield happens to be, the better he or she can forge ahead in life and strive toward his or her goals despite the challenges that are sure to accompany them. Conversely, the weaker a person's shield is, the more vulnerable to personal and interpersonal threats that individual becomes. In other words, the quality of one's self- esteem plays a very important role in determining his or her level of well- being. Seymour Epstein (1979) actually studied how self- esteem and the self work together in terms of identity when he asked a group of subjects to track the ups and downs of their feelings about themselves over an extended period of time. He found that self- esteem and identity varied with success and failure in the areas of life that were personally significant, just as James and Harter proposed. Moreover, Epstein found the same pattern in regard to interpersonal life. This memory goes beyond the roles we play in our life and our personality. It is the memory of the pure consciousness which is at the heart of who we truly are. The nature of the Chitta is like a crystal-clear lake. It can reflect anything perfectly, absolutely anything. If it is still, like calm still water, the reflection is perfect and clear. if it is disturbed and churned up by our reaction to life's challenges and triumphs, then the reflection is distorted and unclear. So, when we are calm, we can remember who we are in truth, and when we are agitated, we can't remember. Unsteady emotions render the reflection unclear. Calm, steady, strong and positive attitudes and emotions allow the reflection and memory to function naturally, so we view our life clearly and in perspective.