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--- Quote from: jordyn on January 10, 2013, 08:08:00 AM ---blood magick, sex magick, the promise of a soul in it's service. Fear, awe and fascination, offered by an animal with intelligence ruled by base needs of glory and power, easily swayed by thoughts and dreams. A society that's happier to engage in over indulgence, selfish needs and immediate gratification. People that live how demons and devils do. Preying on the weak, scaring the fragile and living off of their essence.

I was that person, a powerless female dealing with raging hormones and the draw of the power they can offer, spells, rites, rituals. Sliced arms with offerings of blood, debasing acts to deny humanity. Eons of worship in various guises, ancient gods that were offered children and still beating hearts. Unnameable spirits amped up by extreme and fundamental religions eager to unite everyone under their banner of good and evil still holding on to residual spiritualism from passing cultures. Offering anything, doing anything and destroying people to serve them.

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Well, that's one, fairly poetic, way of putting it, I suppose.

Compare and contrast with how psychologist Rollo May defined 'the daimonic':

--- Quote ---Any natural function which has the power to take over the whole person. Sex and eros, anger and rage, and the craving for power are examples. The daimonic can be either creative or destructive and is normally both. When this power goes awry, and one element usurps control over the total personality, we have "daimon possession," the traditional name through history for psychosis. The daimonic is obviously not an entity but refers to a fundamental, archetypal function of human experience an existential reality.
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Which is basically everything that you said, minus the superstitious belief that demons are separate, external entities. That's a distinction which can be - in general terms - applied to most supernatural phenomena: the urge to lay the blame at the feet of external forces, rather than accept our own deficiencies, to cope with our failings and frailties by enabling a fiction. Demons are simply convenient "scapegoats and repositories for all sorts of unacceptable, threatening human impulsions, such as anger, rage, guilt and sexuality."[2]  But to quote Conrad, "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."[3]

Of course, the problem isn't that we cope by enabling fictions. Most of the time our enabling fictions are true enough to make an otherwise overwhelming world more 'user friendly.' The problem for some is recognizing enabling fictions for what they are.[4]

[1] Leeming, David A.; Madden, Kathryn; Marlan, Stanton (Eds.) (2010) Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion. p.198
[2] Diamond, Stephen A. (1996) Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity. p.62
[3] Conrad, Joseph (1911) Under Western Eyes.
[4] Farrell, Kirby (2012) "Waiter, There's a Demon In My Soup!" Psychology Today.

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you know how i love my poetry...

I'm not going to disagree with you as i don't know where it all comes from, but wherever or whatever it is it's always been around me and no one is quite sure what the human mind is capable of, I like my superstitious, symbols and omen seeing self.  :P
psychosis is a questionable word to use though, there's nothing psychotic about me, chemical imbalance...I rather like my serotonin or would it be endorphins?  ;)

I used to do some whacked out **it for those beliefs...and things happened outside of my own perception that were experienced by other people.  *shrugs Maybe i have some mass hypnosis or group psychosis inducing ability?  However those who are as serious about pursuing the path on either side should be made aware of exactly what other people can do for the belief. We have a lot of people popping in to hunt them, but what about the people who empower them?

self mutilation and a promiscuous personality are just minor offerings, and a zealous human denying their humanity is dangerous beast, no matter what drives them.

--- Quote from: Darkyngraves on January 14, 2013, 07:30:53 PM ---i am twenty, but i was raised around the magicks of the world and have a basic understanding of demons, but not much... and my friend says they have attempted to get rid of the thing, but nothing has worked... but he doesn't know much about that stuff. and i was never informed of how the demon came attached to him.

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read over the monstropedia, demon section to get a better understanding as to what exactly drives demonology, there's a link to it in the board introduction, "knowing is half the battle."

what demon is it? Learning it's name is always the first step...


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