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Operators and Things: The Inner Life of a Schizophrenic Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Barbara O'Brien is a pseudonym for a woman who experienced a six-month psychotic break during the 1950s and wrote about it in Operators and Things, originally published in 1958. She was last heard from in 1976, when she wrote a new chapter entitled "The New Minority" for a paperback edition of the book. At the time, her author's biography read: "Barbara O'Brien is now fully recovered and lives outside Los Angeles, California."
Michael Maccoby, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst and anthropologist globally recognized as an expert on leadership for his research, writing, and projects to improve organizations and work. He has authored or co-authored twelve books and consulted to companies, governments, the World Bank, unions, research and development centers and laboratories, universities, and orphanages in twenty-six countries. He lives in Washington, DC.
COLLEEN DELEGAN's first life was an advertising creative director. Her second life is a screenwriter, novelist, and television writer. She is hoping for a third and final life as a wealthy nomad. She currently lives in Chicago.
MELANIE VILLINES is a critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and biographer. Born and raised in Chicago, she lives in Los Angeles.
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The thing is that those that she saw, the operators and hook operators described people that we see every day. And the descriptions of them and what they do were also relevant to how the predatory types in our world operate. It's almost as if she could see 'behind the scenes' at what is really going on in our world.
This is a great book and the fact that it is true makes it even more spectacular.
Reading this book makes you wonder if schizophrenia is really just the opening of the minds filter that allows the sufferer to see behind the veil of everyday life. From the mind blowing beginning to the satisfying conclusion, O'brien's descriptions of the operators are vivid and quirky. Her narrative allows you to get swept up in the story and i found myself reading it in only two raedings such was the anticipation of the next events.
I cannot recommend it enough
In the book, operators force human beings to do irrational things that we attribute to mental illnesses. Well, what is a mental illness, why does it happen? Is it because these Jungian type energies possess us to use us for their amusement?
I highly recommend this book, because it reveals the mind of a schizophrenic and provides an oppurtunity to bridge the gap between the real world and the author's world which may be more real than we imagine.
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