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Is this the correct definition of "omenosis?"?

Omenosis
(From Latin omen (“‘foreboding, omen’”) and (pathology) “osis” used to form the names of any functional disorder of various parts of the body and mind, as in Psychosis.) Together, it is a term to denote the pathology behind religion and or religiosity.
Originally coined to refer to a broad range of disorders that give rise to and sustain religious beliefs; echolalia, schizophrenia, stunted moral development under kholbergs theory of moral development, low IQ, god helmet, god gene, defense mechanism for fear of death, internalized conformity, all refer to the catch all term: omenosis. The syndrome is heightened when coupled with drugs, particularly hallucinogens.
It is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. Distortions in perception may affect all five senses, including sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, but most commonly manifest as “spiritual experiences,” paranoid or bizarre delusions, dreams and visions of gods and demons, or disorganized speech and logic with significant social or occupational disruption. Onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood during childhood indoctrination, with approximately 98.4—99.3% of the population affected. Diagnosis is based on the patients self-reported “experiences” and observed behavior. No laboratory test for Omenosis currently exists.
In its narrowest sense, Omenosis deals more with how religious a person is, and less with what religion a person has(in terms of belief in certain gods, practicing certain rituals, belief in the transcendent, experiencing magic, believing in psychic abilities, belief in a soul, retelling certain myths, revering certain symbols, belief in the “sacred” or accepting certain doctrines about deities and afterlife).
Studies suggest that genetics, early environment, neurobiology, psychological and social processes are important contributory factors; some recreational and prescription drugs appear to cause or worsen symptoms. Current psychiatric research is focused on the role of neurobiology, but no single organic cause has been found. Due to the many possible combinations of symptoms, there is debate about whether the diagnosis represents a single disorder or a number of discrete syndromes.
Paul Kurtz and others have endorsed the idea that major religious figures experienced omenosis psychosis – heard voices and displayed delusions of grandeur. Despite its etymology, Omenosis is not the same as dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder or split personality, with which it has been erroneously confused.
Psychohistorians, on the other hand, accept the psychiatric diagnoses. However, unlike the current medical model of mental disorders they may argue that poor parenting in religious societies causes the religious persons schizoid personality.
Julian Jaynes in his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind; he proposed that until the beginning of historic times, schizophrenia or a similar condition was the normal state of human consciousness. This would take the form of a “bicameral mind” where a normal state of low affect, suitable for routine activities, would be interrupted in moments of crisis by “mysterious voices” giving instructions, which early people characterized as interventions from the gods
Increased dopamine activity in the mesolimbic pathway of the brain is consistently found in religious individuals. The mainstay of treatment is anti-psychotic medication; this type of drug primarily works by suppressing dopamine activity. Dosages of anti-psychotics are generally lower than in the early decades of their use. Psychotherapy, and vocational and social rehabilitation are also important. In more serious cases–where there is risk to self and others–involuntary hospitalization may be necessary, although hospital stays are less frequent and for shorter periods than they were in previous times.
It is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. Distortions in perception may affect all five senses, including sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, but most commonly manifest as “spiritual experiences,” paranoid or bizarre delusions, dreams and visions of gods and demons, or disorganized speech and logic with significant social or occupational disruption. Onset of symptoms typically occurs in young adulthood during childhood indoctrination, with approximately 98.4—99.3% of the population affected. Diagnosis is based on the patients self-reported “experiences” and observed behavior. No laboratory test for Omenosis currently exists.
In its narrowest sense, Omenosis deals more with how religious a person is, and less with what religion a person has (in terms of belief in certain gods, practicing certain rituals, belief in the transcendent,

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  1. When you read the first submission you may think “omenosis” is legitimate science…it isn’t.
    Anyone that understands the terminology being grouped together as identifiers of this non-existent psychological “barrier” will recognize it as bunk.
    Kholberg’s theory of moral development for example is a grading system used to judge how an individual determines their morality. In the test itself test patients are given several different ethical questions to consider then asked to justify how they arrived at their solution. What they choose isn’t considered only how they rationalize their choice. The test says nothing regarding right or wrong of moral acts but instead endeavors to group according to how the choice is determined. The test can be used on moral relativists as well as objectivists and there are no defining trends that suggest either is more advanced on the scale.
    This test does not present any sort of “wall” or barrier for anyone and certainly does not affirm or support the idea of an “omenosis” existing.
    EDIT; One more thought regarding Kholbergs scale; Kholberg himself suggested that only a select few human beings (Christ being one of them) had demonstrated the rationaliztaion required to be grouped in the highest (6th stage) and argued as well for the consideration of a seventh level to his scale “reserved for the Gods”

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