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Reflective Journal: Mental illness and Gnosticism

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The second part. This assessment requires you to write two reflections from the list (these of course need to be different from the first two) and incorporate the feedback that you were given from the first part of the assessment.  


Part2 involves two reflections (from the list) which must, of course be different from the original two you wrote on. In Part 2 you also need to incorporate the feedback you received from the first part of this assessment - failure to do this will impact your mark.

As you will discover during the unit, the reflective journals require you to express your own views and opinions on selected topics, in the context of the unit content.  Reflection is not just about what you think - it is about taking all information and viewpoints into consideration, and then providing a justifiable and informed point of view. This means you need academic references to support your arguments.

The reflective journal will be marked according to the following five criteria:

  1. Evidence that you have understood and appropriately addressed the topic                         
  2. Evidence of your ability to reflect on and consider other points of view                                
  3. Evidence of your ability to present a rational argument for your considered view              
  4. Evidence that you have an open and respectful attitude which would facilitate effective communication with people from culturally diverse backgrounds 
  5. Evidence that you have used academic references to support your argument throughout.                                         

Reflections will be graded against a Rubric which can be found under assessments in blackboard.

Guidance on the process of reflective writing will be provided early in the Semester.

In addition to the above assessments, you are expected to contribute to and participate in all tutorial sessions.  This is important not only for you in developing your critical thinking skills, but also for the learning experience of your classmates

Answer

Reflective journal

Question: Reflective Journal 4  

Reflective Journal 1: Mental illness

The concept of mental illness is a very significant one from the point of view of society as well as medical science. Lack of awareness and lack of access to early diagnosis or medical treatment has resulted in a common negative attitude and approach to mental illness. Awareness about medical illness among individuals in the society and cultural groups is extremely important. As many cultures have built superstition and taboo about mental illness, it has led to lack of awareness and understanding about the health conditions of a mental illness patient. 

 Various cultures have taboos against mental illness. Patients of mental illness are assumed to be possessed by evil spirits and are turned out of many homes. In a condition where mental illness patients require emotional support and medical treatment, they are turned out and left to be on their own. Many people believe that mental illness can be contagious and so avoid contact with mental illness patients. All of these add up to negative attitude and approach to mental illness (Marks, J., 2017). For example, in India and China there are many evil spirit capturers who mistreat mentally ill patients with a hoax promise of curing them (Abdel-Kader, A.H. ed., 2014). 

As per Birren, F., 2016, another important factor is fear. Individuals are scared of mentally ill patients and believe that they can get violent at any point of time. There are several people who face tremendous bad consequences and become victimized by situation, which is very hard to overcome by their individual effort. These elements result in lack of support for mentally ill patients. It is important that there be awareness in order to avoid a negative approach towards mental illness across cultures.

Stress and depression are extremely common. Taboo against mental illness leads to many  people who are suffering from stress and depression, not visiting a health care facility as they fear being labeled as mentally ill. Isolation and negative attitude towards mental illness is causing a lot of hindrance and obstacle for victims of mental illness. It is resulting in lack of access to health care. Awareness and understanding of causes and symptoms of mental illness can help reduce negative attitude towards mentally ill patients. Stress impacts each of us in a different way n and so awareness can help build empathy. 

This study indicates that there has to be more awareness about mental illness among people and cultural groups in order to enable better dealing with mental illness and supporting mentally ill patients. Access to health care is a very important element that can help mentally ill patients obtain health care and enhance the possibility of they being cured. Treating mentally ill patients with respect and helping them lead a life of dignity can definitely help reduce the negative attitude towards mental illness (Abdel-Kader, A.H. ed., 2014). 

Question: Reflective Journal 5  

The term 'Gnosticism' alludes to having information. In religious settings, it shows acquiring edification which has been characterized as the way to salvation in a many religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and many more. This persistent look for astuteness has been engendered in various ways including disregarding the material world and grasping the profound world. Precept of salvation has been clarified expressing that 'the sum total of what that has been framed can grasp God and accomplish unity with God through deep sense of being'. It is salvation that has been built up as the ultimate objective of life by Christianity and also a few different religions (Ian C. Werrett, 2012). So, religion is not completely based on science. 

Gnosticism has been engendered by Christianity. The Nag Hammadi Library, when found, demonstrated that there were no different writings pre dating Christianity which engendered Gnosticism. The principle of salvation that has been a famous topic in Christianity for long and makes it very apparent that Gnosticism is inside the possibility of Christianity. It shows that there has been a considerable measure of prorogation of illumination and grasping otherworldly existence in all religions. It is very obvious that no other idea of unity with God or achieving the perfect state has wide acknowledgment and prominence aside from Gnosticism (Brakke, David, 13). 

It is very evident that we have not seen God and have not met Him keeping in mind the end goal to recognize what He expects out of us. It is very conceivable that the idea of God could possibly be valid. The idea of otherworldly existence and internal peace can't be negated. They can be felt and can enable us to be upbeat, solid and moral. In this way, regardless of whether embracing Gnosticism can enable us to accomplish these components of being near godliness and satisfaction, it can and ought to be acknowledged as a Christianity idea and be respected as far as giving another point of view to organization (Ian C. Werrett, 27). 

God is a figment. It is very well known a contention against Gnosticism that God itself has not been seen by anybody. How would we acknowledge God as heavenly and for what reason do we hone abstinence, restraint, destitution, hating materialistic ways of life and a few different penances. As the idea of the internal identity and soul seeking isn't refutable, it is very apparent that Christianity has engendered Gnosticism in the correct way. 

It is important that religion not be confused with science as they have very different purposes (Hempel, Charlotte, 2012). If religion is considered as an initial way of learning science, it would become difficult to justify and establish many facts. It is important in practical life that religion be considered for spiritual purposes and science be considered for discovering and establishing facts. Only then it would be possible to find logic and reason for various events taking place on this planet as well as the cosmology. It is important to distinguish between the two.

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