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"Why Would Someone Do That?"
on 26 September 1998
Who hasn't puzzled over the actions of either someone else or some of their own behavior. The conscious mind finds it quite easy to slough off these puzzling moments, although sometimes a person finds themselves with a nagging sense about actions, dreams or saying something other than what was consciously intended.
This deeper side of the human mind has been observed by people for centuries, often being mentioned in the works of writers and even in the writings of many faiths.
What this points up is a fundamental postulate of psychoanalysis. Namely, that consciousness is a secondary property of the human mind. Beneath, or deeper, is the most powerful and fundamental realm of the mind.
In this breakthrough book, Dr. Hodges shows, in a fascinating manner, how the new understandings of the deeper mind throw light on the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.
In a careful way, Dr. Hodges looks at many pieces of material, explaining the "story within and behind the (conscious) story."
In the tradition of a good scientist, Dr. Hodges also brings in the contributions of others who have expertise in criminal cases and points to where there are elements of agreement. He also points out where the new psycholinguistics adds information that other approaches "don't see."
This is a compelling book that ends with a prediction of what may take place in the lives of the parents of JonBenet.
While those unfamiliar with the way the deeper mind works may struggle a bit early on, completion of the book will present a much more "believable" appreciation for what Dr. Hodges has discovered.
It is quite possible that people who have to negate the existence of the deeper mind, to preserve their own adjustment, will take exception to some of what is translated from the most fundamental realm of the mind. However, if the reader approaches this in the spirit of someone entering the realm of the Wizard of Oz, they will find the contents equally enchanting.
Harold S. Schaus, Jr., M.S. Immediate Past President International Society For Communicative Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy