On Muslims’ Locus of Control and Western arrogance, a few key points:

New English Review – Muslims and Westerners: The Psychological Differences, by Nicolai Sennels

This one is amazing. I have never noticed this. It’s been remarked upon, all these doctors from the Islamic world (and not just the ones that blow themselves up, but that work in NHS hospitals and in random sub-Saharan African countries and so on), so they’re definitely totally caught up on modern medicine, and yet:

There is another strong difference between the people of Western and Muslim cultures; their locus of control. Locus of control is a psychological term describing whether people experience their life influenced mainly, by internal or external factors. It is clear from a psychological point of view that Westerners feel that their lives are mainly influenced by inner forces – ourselves. This is reflected in our points of view, our ways of handling our emotions, our ways of thinking, our ways of relating to people around us, our motivation, our surplus, and our way of communicating. These internal factors are what guide our lives and determine if we feel good and self confident or not. Every Western library has several meters of self help books. Every kiosk has dozens of magazines for both women and men that tell us how to create happier and more successful lives for ourselves. Our phone books have columns of addresses for psychologists, coaches and therapists. All these things are aimed at helping us to help ourselves create the life that we want. Some might argue that all this introspectiveness is too much and that just doing what is useful for oneself and others here-and-now would be more constructive, but this is how our culture is.

All these things do not exist in Muslim culture and countries. The very little psychiatry and psychology that is taught, in only a few universities in the Muslim world, is imported from the West. It is mostly taught by teachers educated at Western universities and does not have roots in the Muslim culture.

Amazing. What a good point.

Incidentally, I highly recommend reading educated and exhaustive treatise on such sensitive subjects after at least three glasses of wine.

…Reading on: Oh my god there’s no concept of GUILT! *mind blown* *pours another glass*

…So, basically, the sort of person from the Islamic world who wants to emigrate to America instead of the Western/European world generally can be assumed to have a fairly strong locus of control, whereas the rest of the world gets the crazies. Since I think we can all agree that we get a pretty decent level of immigrant, here.

Anyway it also all explains why we’re all (not all, natch, but who has the energy for the fine print) doomed if we try to live together. They see all influences as coming from without and act accordingly, we see their acting out and turn within for reason, they see that as weakness and loop ad nauseam. Another one:

During my years as a social worker, and later as a psychologist for antisocial individuals, I have realized that the only, reasonable way forward is to follow this three step procedure:

1) Provide guidance and help. If this does not work, then,
2) Establish Boundaries and limitations. If this does not work, then set
3) Consequences.

What I say here might seem to be more political than psychological. However, it is my extensive experience in giving therapy to Muslims that has led me to make this statement: We should not permit the destruction of our cities by lawless parallel societies, with groups of roaming criminal Muslims overloading of our welfare system and the growing justified fear that non-Muslims have of violence. The consequences should be so strict that it would be preferable for any anti-social Muslim to go back to a Muslim country, where they can understand, and can be understood by their own culture.

Emphasis his. And lastly:

Unfortunately, most journalists and media people use the term “honor” when describing cases of violence where the offender makes excuses for himself by stating that his honor was offended. Since the concept of honor is completely integrated in the social rules of Muslim culture, it is seen to be justifiable when honor is threatened. This extends to beating or killing women who want to claim such basic human rights as to choose, for themselves, their own sexual partners. By using this term, as used by the offender, the media automatically takes the perspective of a clearly psychopathic and narcissistic excuse for treating other people badly. Instead, we should take our own Western culture as a basis when describing such crimes. Terms like “family execution,” “childish jealousy,” “control maniac” or “insecure” would be much closer to our cultural understanding of such behavior.

Another good point!

Anyway read the whole thing. The end is really a kicker. I can’t quote it tho cuz it’d ruin it.

Curtsy: Brett McS.