The interpersonal theory of psychiatry
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Patterns of Inadequate or Inappropriate Interpersonal Relations
Chapter 19, Matters Schizoid and Schizophrenic.
I would like to quote an opinion I expressed concerning security defenses on March 24, 1996:
The problem seems to arise
from situations which produce
"very intense anxiety" associated
with the suspicion that someone
has "gone off the deep end."
An elaborated view might include
"awe, dread, loathing, and horror." (p. 315).
Sullivan even mentions the "Grand Canyon."
In order to avoid such feelings,
Sullivan believes that obsessional
substitution may be a good indication
of "what goes on in the self-esteem
in order to keep something utterly
excluded from awareness, so that
there is no possibility of its
eruption into awareness." (p. 319).
The section called
Evidences of Dissociation
covers pages 316-322,
Possibility of Reintegration
of Dissociated Systems,
which covers "deliberate
fugues" in which one
"plunges into some situation,
with a sort of tightening up of everything,
often keeping his eye on something irrelevant-
that is, preoccupying himself with things
really tangential to what he is after. . . .
And by a sort of attenuating process,
by which the whole thing adds itself
to conscious experience slowly, one
survives it and is better off for it." (p. 323).
Books can be analyzed like a cosmic pogo stick up in a society of spectacle that is only paying attention to the satisfaction of its own entertainment values. Electronic communication allows hits to be communicated as music, news, or commercial messages which jar anyone who does not get the same cosmic pogo stick up experience that everyone else is having, frequently in solitary enjoyment of pleasure addictions instead of a interpersonal relationships, and the institutions which assume that religion, law, philosophy, or developmental history have a tradition that can beat Freudian aspects of riding a cosmic pogo stick down the stairs to the basement in a nuclear submarine should pay more attention to crimes against humor.