I want to start this post with the image above of Newton's first law of motion. The goal is to bring together this scientific theory and apply it to psychological issues we may face in our lives. I have battled depression for five or more years, seen several therapists and psychiatrists, and been on several medications. Throughout the battle, I am always in the search for answers and solutions. Hopefully, this blog is helpful to whoever may read it.
So how am I going to use Newton's first law of motion to aid psychological issues? First, we will have to assume that the mind and its thoughts are entities in the physical universe. Some would argue that the mind and its thoughts are home in another realm, separate from the physical universe; which is as strong an argument as us simply being a collection of firing neurons.
Assuming the mind and its thoughts are entities or objects in the physical universe, then we can begin to apply scientific theories to understanding them. Referencing back to the example above, we see that objects will not change in motion unless acted on by another force. If the object is at rest, it will stay at rest. A practical example is dropping a ball from a given height and it falling due to the force of gravity until it is stopped by another force, likely being Earth's crust. For the purpose of this paper, I would like to reference "another force" as the catalyst.
Now let us discuss the mental illness depression. In my experience, it has been a case involving feelings of being in a bottomless void, feelings of hopelessness from exhausting many solutions to alleviate the emotional pain, and a disappearance of pleasure from once pleasurable activities. There is much more I can add but for the sake of keeping this paper at a tolerable length, we will move on.
Now I want to think of my thoughts and feelings as objects in space. Then I want to generalize these thoughts and feelings into two categories: positive and negative. Regardless of the category, these thoughts and feelings will not change their motion unless acted upon by a catalyst. If these thoughts and feelings are stationary, they will remain stationary unless acted on by a catalyst. In other words, if you are falling into a pit of hopeless depression, you will forever fall until you find a catalyst. If you are rising towards the antonym of depression, you will continue to rise until acted on by another force.
I would like to explore the idea of each individual human as being an object consisting of positive and negative thoughts and feelings. Here is a picture representing the essence of a person who has unrivaled negativity. This person could be called the devil, the purest of evil, the darkest creature in existence.
This essence of negativety is an example of the most evil in the universe. Think of it as a rock in space where it is tougher than diamonds and any other material known and unknown to man. No catalyst can change its direction because no force can match it, except for its oppposite; pure positivety.
Pure positive thoughts and feelings are the opposite of pure negative thoughts and feelings. They both follow Newton's first law of motion. These are extreme examples and you likely will not find these entities in your lifetime. The motion of the pure positive cannot change because no other object exists that has a force higher than it. Pure positive and pure negative have an equal force, if they were to collide it would be an example of an elastic collision. They would likely bounce off each other and move in the opposite direction. I wonder if it is possible that if such a collision occurred the entities would change to their opposite; pure positive turns into pure negative and vice versa.
I have given examples of the extremes of both polarities for the categories of positive and negative thoughts. It is up to the reader to decide which side of the coin he or she is on and if he or she wants to do something to change it. Just realize that you can never be first or last on this scale, only somewhere in between. Your position can always rise and fall. The higher you are on the scale of positive thoughts and feelings, the more motion it will take to ascend even higher. The higher you are on the scale of negative thoughts and feelings, the more motion it will take descend further.
I will end this paper by asking you a question: What is the catalyst?