Notoriety And The Human Psyche


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”The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.” Sigmund Freund.

Sigmund Freund was one of the greatest influencers of the twentieth century. He postulated the fact that our minds are like icebergs, what is seen is much different from the unseen. His quote reminded me of the story of an Australian woman, Noela Rukundo, whose husband hired assassins to kill her on a visit to Burundi for the burial of a relative. In a nutshell, the situation boomerang and he got nine years for inciting murder. It must have been a shock to Noela. Her husband certainly didn’t belie the fact he was planning her murder, this was a classic case of notoriety and the human psyche.

According to, ”The human psyche is the mind or soul. It is the center of an individual’s response to his environment.” While Cambridge Dictionary Online described Notoriety as ” the state of being famous for something bad.



Love is the easiest emotion in the world, yet it could be costly and it needn’t be, love should be the backbone of our world, however, is it? I doubt it, because if it is, we wouldn’t be so divided with our different views. Some may argue that we need to exercise our freedom of expression hence the need for some people to be free to hate. Hatred would certainly make some people notorious and there are people who crave that kind of attention.

I believe love shouldn’t be all about our families and people close to us. We get suspicious of people who look and dress differently to us, we love our little space in the universe and aren’t too keen to share. We moan incessantly about the weather, the Tube (if you’re a Londoner), the government, whether we should leave or stay in the EU, (the UK again). We snort our noses at immigrants, we’re quick to judge but are slow to proffer solutions. For millennia, there are have been wars, unrest, hatred, disaffection and all sorts. Unfortunately, that is the world, it’s not perfect, that’s why we really have to raise the bar of our love level.

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Why do humans commit murder and relish mayhem? I believe the response of people to different situations differs which may ultimately be the catalyst for many destructive reactions. It’s nothing new that notoriety springs from the mind.  ‘For who among men knows the thoughts of man except his own spirit within him?’ 1 Cor: 2:11. This scripture is spot on! The mind is so complex that throughout millennia, people have tried to decipher its secrets.

The human psyche is as complex as the millions of electricity that pulsate through our brains, little wonder detectives bring complex cases to their behavioural psychoanalysis unit. People have recurrent patterns to their lives, following sets of rules which when pointed out to them, they are always surprised at the patterns of their behaviours.

Forgive me if my post is a bit based on psychoanalysis, it’s got to do with the books I’m working on. Lately, I’ve conducted loads of research on human minds and behaviours, when my new books are released, I guess you’ll all understand more.

I’ve been offline for the past few weeks, my sincere apologies. I’ll be visiting as many blogs as time permits. In the meantime, have fun and stay blessed! :):)

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Much love, always. 🙂




16 comments on “Notoriety And The Human Psyche

  1. I agree, the scripture is ‘spot on,’ as are your words in this post, Seyi. Loved it!

  2. Paul J. Stam says:

    I have often said, “It is easy to repeat what someone says. It is harder to illustrate what they say and/or do, It is almost impossible to know another’s thoughts and heart.” With due respect to Freund, I would suggest that only 1/100 of a persons mind is above water.
    Anyway, thanks for letting me know you my post of “Telephone Killer.” It is one of my “fluff” books.
    Thanks again and Blessings and Aloha – pjs/

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks for your comment Paul, I think in that regard, you’re probably right. I love visiting your blog, and as tight as my schedules are, I’ll try to find time to read one of your books! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
      Cheers. 🙂

  3. Lori says:

    Seyi, no need to apologize for writing about the human psyche. It’s my favorite subject. I enjoy analyzing its complexity … going deep, as you did here. Very interesting. I recently posted something similar about love. Have a Happy Sunday, Seyi.

  4. Sounds like you’re putting a lot of effort into your work. I’m sure it will be great. I enjoy your writing. You are talented.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      I am trying to craft a stunning thriller Kim, and it’s taking me longer too because I still have a full time job. Take care my friend! I’m grateful you stopped by. 🙂
      Blessings. 🙂

  5. The human mind is notorious for being inscrutable, when you think you’ve deciphered its secrets, something usually crops up to derail the process. Interesting article Seyi, well done.
    Cheers! 🙂
    Christy Nelson.

  6. Psychic Nest says:

    Universe is all about balance, yin and yang. Many of us understand what love is but who can feel what is on the opposite side? Who can understand what is NOT love but still be in balance? Thank you for this mind provoking article, keep it up with the excellent writing!


  7. I connected with this post. I am a psychology student and so topics about the human mind are my favourite! I totally loved this piece!

  8. I put up your post on my blog….and gave the appropriate credits….hope you don’t mind 😊😊

  9. Ste J says:

    It is a conundrum that we fail to give the easiest gift of love out, the fear must surely be an instinctive evolutionary trait of our ancestors but in the world these days with all our knowledge it should arguably be easier to love and befriend. If we listen to our own thoughts rather than those of the media and such, the world would be a much better place.

  10. Nícia says:

    What a wonderful blog post! I love psychoanalysis and to understand the human mind. It’s true that we should love more and judge less, I’m learning that lesson over and over again!

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