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Psychological Projection and Hypoglycemia

by Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Dip Clin Nutr

We are genetically programmed to look for causes of our feelings in our immediate environment, which in psychological jargon is called “psychological projection”. It is the foundation and source of delusions and hallucinations and misinterpretation of our environment.

It really means in psychology our tendency to exclusively attribute our own feelings to the outside world or to expect to find the cause of these feelings in the immediate environment, present or past memory. This may have some unexpected consequences in our social relationships. We may be inclined to blame our intimate partners, or our childhood experiences, mothers or fathers for our present-day inadequate and anxious feelings.

Even most clinical psychologists, unaware of nutritional biochemistry, continue to interpret most “psychological symptoms” in terms of our social environment, present or past (hidden in  our “subconscious mind”), which are then thought to be amenable to talk-therapy. Feelings are always being interpreted as products of our environment, present of past, conscious or subconscious (memories of the past).  Unfortunately, this misinterpretation contributes to a considerable failure rate in counseling. See also Psychotherapy Ineffective?

Negative self-image

It is interesting to see how a metabolic disorder can play tricks on our mind. Nutritional therapists accept that the hypoglycemic syndrome can cause a negative self-image, because of the over-production of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones generated from within (endogenously) give rise to us feeling being constantly under stress, quite unrelated to whatever is going on in our immediate environment. In other words, we complain of having anxiety or panic attacks without us understanding why and being unable to control them. Constantly being bombarded with stress hormones will naturally produce a low self-esteem.

Having a feeling of “I am no good”, soon becomes by force of “psychological projection” , “people think I am no good”. This is technically called “projecting our feelings on to other people”. Thus people with a low self-esteem tend to withdraw from social intercourse…… from the perceived source of their low self-esteem. They may feel insecure in intimate and close relationships. They are reluctant to express their feelings or talk about themselves for fear of being rejected. In the extreme form this may lead to agoraphobia or “social anxiety”.

A low self-esteem can lead to emotional calamities as for instance in rejection of love. People with a low self-esteem experience rejection of love as a disaster, whereas a person with a healthy self-regard will see this more as a disappointment, but will soon be looking for a better partner. People with a good self-image will usually find one another, as will people with a low self-image may find one another. The latter couple may soon regard each other in a negative way. This will often result in the breakup of their relationship. People with a low self-esteem, even if accepted by a partner, may be under constant fear and worry about the loyalty of the other partner. She/he will be projecting “how could he/she love a person like me?” Rejection in love will reinforce one’s low self-esteem. This may lead to a self-fulfilling prophesy in cases such as domestic violence.

 Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, function to convert energy stores in our body such as glycogen into glucose in order to feed the brain with glucose as the only source of biological energy called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). A hypoglycemic brain is forever exposed to wildly fluctuating blood sugar levels which trigger the release of stress hormones in an endeavor to stabilize energy supplies to the brain.

Without that stable energy supply we would not be able to convert one set of molecules into another set of molecules, such as the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin. So, we become depressed and suffer from mood disorders. The erratic production of stress hormones appear to be a common features of most if not all mood disorders. Uncontrollable feelings for which there is no apparent explanation are then misinterpreted according to the mechanism of Psychological Projection into virtual delusions and hallucinations.

Depression may be seen to follow a long period of anxiety, when the adrenal glands become exhausted, and Adrenal Fatigue sets in. It may lead to clinical depression marked by a variety of symptoms such as feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, insomnia, loss of interest in life, sadness, anxious or “empty” feelings, loss of interest in hobbies, or sex. In terms of hypoglycemia depression is due to a lack of a stable supply of biological energy, required for serotonin synthesis. Here.

Again, being programmed to believe that causes lie in the environment, a depressed person is apt to believe, that there may be something wrong with his marriage, or that something might have happened in the past (or childhood) or that a past traumatic event is the cause of his present negative feelings as in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In other words, projecting feelings onto the outside world, instead of the endogenous source. The traumatic event(s) that is seen as the cause of PTSD, hides the underlying biochemical abnormality responsible for its symptoms.

Hypochondria: Again these same uncontrollable stress hormones may lead a victim to believe that he is suffering from an incurable disease as in hypochondria. Symptoms of excessive stress hormones are translated into symptoms of diseases.

Ironically, this illness is often seen as an imaginary illness – somatoform disorder – i.e.,a mental illness in which a person has symptoms of a medical illness, but the symptoms cannot be fully explained by an actual physical disorder ” Cleveland Clinic.

This mental illness is difficult to understand by conventional medicine because palliative medicine does not recognize hypoglycemia to be a genuine illness, as distinct from diabetes. Hypochondria, ironically is a real physical disease, a symptom of hypoglycemia, but:

Most mainstream physicians, however, don’t believe hypoglycemia is a genuine condition. They cite research showing that most people who develop a hypoglycemic-type reaction actually have fairly normal blood sugar levels at the time of their symptoms.” HER Foundation,

No, they have abnormal blood sugar levels!! See the correct test for hypoglycemia.

Therefore, hypochondria can also be understood in terms of “Psychological Projection” where the symptoms of stress hormones are converted to “diseases”.

Psychologists have a tendency to translate emotional disorders as a “sickness of the mind”, confusing symptoms for causes – in fact the result of Psychological Projection.

The misinterpretations of feelings as being inevitably related to environmental stimuli – past or present – becomes problematic and counterproductive, when sufferers of mood disorders seek empathy and support in self-help discussion boards. When established professionals fail to alleviate their sufferings they may seek an alternative approach to the treatment of their illnesses by participating in discussion boards. But unfortunately most of the these discussion boards are dominated by a group’s axiomatic belief that mental illness is an illness of the mind, thus perpetuating the illusion that symptoms are the causes of “mental illness”.

See:   Mental Illness: A Disease of Delusions.

Please discuss this article with your health care worker, doctor or nutritional doctor or therapist.


One Response

  1. Ines says:

    Applying the guidelines in the Hypoglycemia Diet book, I can eat a vtareiy of fresh fruit, including my favorites like bananas, grapes, melons with a balanced diet. I have to be careful to have enough protein, vegetables, starch like whole wheat bread, rice, and also to not have so much of the favorite fruit but to half the amount I used to eat and substitute half a fresh apple. For example, instead of a whole big banana, I eat half of a small banana with half an apple with the rest of the meal.

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