Friday, April 26, 2013

Off the Wagon ... What?

Hey man! You know, I did it again, picked up a psychoanalysis book. I could not resist it, it was either that or bombing the next local cancer walk event. But I figured terrorism is too complicated, and once you become a terrorist there is no way out. You know, it's not like you can put on you resume, ``Past experiences: accomplished terrorist, successfully blew up a pressure cooker full of nails and nail polish.'' I would definitely consider putting nail polish in it too, just for the visual effects.
But I did what I had too, and picked up this book, ``Partners in Thought,'' by D. B. Stern, again. I know it's lame. If you ask me, the whole psychoanalysis profession is lame, no offense to therapists and what not among you, but it is. What could be lamer than therapy? ``Hey doc,'' and you sit and stare at your therapist, and after a few minutes he goes, ``what is going through your mind?'' And you have to make something up, ''I am feeling empty and lonely ... and hungry.'' Bite me!

So anyway, here is a quote from the book. It clearly shows that I am quite a genius and the things I write on this blog will someday become the cornerstones of our understanding of human nature, or something like that.
Dissociation is a constraint on the freedom of thoughts. It is sometimes total, as in the absence of any shred of memory of early childhood abuse; but more than often the inability to articulate is not total at all. ...
It is not only the freedom of thought that dissociation prevents. It is just as significantly the freedom to feel. ...
In the largest sense, though, dissociation is not fully described as a failure of either thought, memory, or feeling. Dissociation is a failure to allow one's imagination free play. In many instances one can think of the failure of imagination as the collapse of transitional space (Winnicott, 1971) into deadness or literalness. ...
The absence of dissociation is not defined by the presence of some particular experience that has been prevented from existing. ... The absence of dissociation is defined, instead, as (relatively) unfettered curiosity, a point that immediately allows us to say that experience ranges from highly imagined to highly dissociated, with all the implied variations in between. --- pp. 64-65, Partners in Thought
You can clearly see that the guy tries hard to explain things in a meaningful way, but he lacks enough imagination to do so effectively. Understandably, as a therapist, he is the one who has forgotten to work on his own ``dissociation'' problems and improve his imagination.

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