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14 Life in the Fast Lane

Gerald Sorin Indiana University Press ePub

Howard and Bette bought a large house in Beverly Hills with a “private pool right outside the bedroom window” and a patio overlooking “the whole city and basin of Los Angeles . . . which is like a sparkling jewel with a million facets.” Fast looked upon the pool, he told Rachel, “less as a luxury” than as a “means” of staying alive and healthy “on my own account.” Mortality was very much on Howard’s mind. His brother Jerry died of a massive heart attack in March 1974, only two weeks after his sixty-first birthday; and Howard was so burdened by cluster headaches at that time, “truly sicker than I have been in many years,” he said, that he did not fly east for the funeral. He complained to Rachel that he had had “a desperate necessity” to share his grief with his family; and being “alone out here, three thousand miles away,” he said, “was one of the most terrible things I have ever endured.”1

Fast could make everything, including his brother’s death, about himself; but Howard genuinely loved Jerry, and he thanked Rachel effusively for her having “rallied round the family” during the mourning period. “Aside from loving you as much as a father can love a daughter,” Fast told thirty-year-old Rachel, as if she were still fourteen, “I am also filled with admiration for your capabilities and your sense of responsibility.”2 Worse, he felt compelled to tell her that he was disappointed that she didn’t write to him often enough, and he let her know that in nearly every other letter.

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16. Vignettes

Murray Jackson Karnac Books ePub

This chapter may perhaps be of limited interest to psychoanalysts, for whom sufficient detail of the context of the observations, the history of the patient, the depth of therapist involvement, and transference-countertransference matters are the essential prerequisites for the “decoding” of symbolic expressions and for serious consideration of their meanings for the patient. It is directed primarily to non-analysts who are interested in learning more about the manifold ways in which psychotic processes may find expression and exploring ways of thinking about them.

The fifteen brief clinical examples illustrate many of the specific characteristics of psychotic thinking and their various possible meanings. I hope that digesting the previous chapters will make it easier for the reader to begin to think about these further examples of gross psychopathology and bizarre psychotic thinking. The cases illustrate a range of psychotic mechanisms grouped very roughly according to their most prominent features. All the cases (with the sole exception of Patient L) were involved in psychoanalytically based psychotherapy, usually of long term, and four were in formal four-times weekly psychoanalysis with experienced psychoanalysts. Some of the cases are taken from my own psychiatric and psychoanalytic practice, where detailed and intensive psychotherapy of disturbed schizophrenic patients, in a secure and “containing” psychodynamic environment, was possible (Jackson & Williams, 1994). “Code-breaking” has no place in psychotherapy, since all symbols have personal meaning for each individual. Just as in the case of dreams, the therapist needs to have the patient’s associations to and reflections on the material before he offers his own ideas. In psychotic states, however, this is likely to prove impossible until the patient has become relatively stable and capable of cooperating with the therapist.

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4. Setting up to Go Live

Darren Jones SitePoint ePub

In the last chapter, we created a Song model and database table to store the songs in. We also created a web front end for creating, reading, editing, and deleting them.

In this chapter, we’ll look at the different settings that are available in Sinatra and learn how to configure an application. We’ll also address using sessions and discover how they can be employed to create a simple login system. Later, we’ll cover deploying our application live on the Internet using the Heroku service.

Any configuration options for a Sinatra application can be set in a configure block:

Code inside this block is run only once at startup. You can have as many configure blocks as you like in a Sinatra app and they can be placed at any point in the code, but the accepted convention is to use one block and place it near the start of a file.

An example of configuration being used in our application is with the database settings. Find the following line in song.rb:

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Looping: The Impact on Parental Attitudes in the Educational Environment

International Journal of Educati Reform Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub


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Assistant Professor, School of Education, 2101 East Coliseum Blvd., Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

In a temporal society where continual and immediate advancements are desired in education, it would seem foolish to regress back to the influence of the one-room schoolhouse environment. And yet, with all of our improvements in curriculum, technology, teaching methods, and research, many contemporary education experts are proposing a similar form of restructuring. Their proposal is not a “back to the basics” approach which historically drilled or “coerced” basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills into students’ minds, but a focus back to a time when teachers maintained a stronger influence on their students’ educational development through successive years of involvement and curriculum implementation. These experts suggest that if we could bring back a bygone era when education was not influenced by the automation of technology and industry, we could perhaps create an educational system much different from what our students currently experience.

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