Sharing Some Thoughts on The Pleasure Principle

Why people prefer movies with happy ending rather than sad endings? Why people prefer watching Akademi Fantasia rather than Bersama mu? Why students prefer tutorials rather than exams?

The answer lies on the pleasure principle. It implies that everything people do can be explained by the mathematic of pleasure and pain. Some scholars advocate the word hedonists to the proponent of the pleasure principle. Remember, when you are depress, you develop anhedonia? – the feeling of pleasurelessness or lack of pleasure.

I think, it is not fair to label those who like music just to relieve stress or those who occasionally attending rock concert as hedonists. The over-generalization by itself is a bias.

The issue is, if everybody like pleasure and dislike pain, why the workoholics (like me..he..) spend little time relaxing or having fun clubbing?

The answer based on pleasure principle is they enjoy their work; Perhaps, they enjoy writing, blogging, seeing patients, teaching bla..bla..bla. They feel something amiss when away from it.

Is it good? Oh, Yes it is good when people appreciate it. It is not, when you force yourself and suffer the burden alone.


First Anniversary

I am celebrating the first anniversary of The Writing On The Wall. On the May, 25th, last year I started my journey to the world of blogging. From then on, I never turned back. It was an interesting journey that I learnt so much about the world and more importantly, myself.

Technically, I have learnt on the complexity of WordPress and Blogspot (the two most important machines in producing blogs) and to my mind, these machines have contributed significantly to the writing revolution at the end of the last century.

Whether it is true or not, having my own blog empower me to express myself through a proper channel of self-censorship communication and project my view to the world. I expect this blog has built some profile of it’s own that showcasing the organization that I represent.

It didn’t take too much time indeed, to write. By spending 10 minutes each day, it is my wish to all my students to pick up writing as a habit and it is my wish too to showcasing them the ‘leadership by example’ through writing.

Finally, good luck to The Writing On The Wall.

Social Contract

Social contract basically is an agreement among the members of an organized society. At individual level, this contract govern how we behave, act in social situations such as in office etc. Since it is called contract, it creates obligation for everyone in the office or household to follow.

If you have strong character for social contract, you are best suited for job in the government. If not, you got to work on your own.

Can you imagine that kind of works that require less social contract? I imagine those like watchman working alone at night, librarian working alone arranging books in the middle of the library or (may or may not be true) people working from home. Private sector too requires people with strong commitment to social contract.

How does social contact creates impact on job performance? Well, people who value social contract are rule abiding people. They follow orders, rules and regulations. They respect their bosses, fellow colleagues or subordinates. They are friendly and sociable. Of course they are the one that likely to be promoted based on their performance (SKT).

What about the political definition of social contract. Haa, I will do it another time…Till then, cheers!

Sexually-driven Society, Are We?

We were out looking for some plants for our garden. The nursery office is made up of sleazy storefronts covered by torn industrial wood and dirt on the walls. A young man came out. He showed us various kind of traditional herbs that he planted. I could see pokok limau purut, limau kasturi and many other plants which I have forgotten their names.

Traditional herbs like aloe vera or lidah buaya and Eurycome longifolia or Tongkat Ali are well-known for their exceptional healing properties. One for softening the skin while the other is for sexual desire enhancer. We see a lot of product which lend popularity from Tongkat Ali which I doubt about their claims. From ready-mixed instant coffee to health supplementary pills, manufacturers know they can attract customers by adding some Tongkat Ali flavor to their products. To me, it gives impression like our society a sexually-driven society.

To prove this hypothesis, let us look at how great the myth that our society bears on beauty and aesthetic procedures.

TV3’s Al-Kulliyah last week aired a program on Susuk. Basically, susuk are needles made of diamond, gold or other metals, inserted in the soft tissues of the body to act as penjaga or talisman. Women use susuk for aesthetic reasons while men use to gain more powerful body and to protect themselves against injury.

A caller to another talk show on TV9, the night before stated that as a fisherman, he uses susuk to protect himself against cold weather which he has to challenge every wee hours in the morning.

A lady confessed in the TV3 show that she practiced susuk voluntarily and demonstrated the removal procedure of diamond debris from her face led by an Islamic traditional practitioner. Fascinating enough, zam zam water was used to draw the debris out of her face by soaking her face in the water while Quranic versus were being enchanted aloud.

I leave it to you to figure out whether magical spell or trick have been used. This practice is quite prevalent to the extent that this ustaz has opened up a clinic to cater for patients who decide to be treated using traditional means.

Finally, you got to make up your mind whether we are sexually driven society or not?

Holistic Psychiatry


Not so popular view among psychiatrist trainees, when talking about the less important role of medication. Nevertheless, I am open for discussion. I believe on the holistic approach too. But in most cases that come to see me, it’s too late for something other than medication. Most of them need combination therapy.