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Ask me no Questions and I'll tell you no Lies: The Social Organization of Secrets

Ivan Ward Karnac Books ePub

Susan Budd

This paper considers some of the implications for psychoanalysis as a discipline which stem from the central role played by case material, as both its main source of evidence and as the medium for discussion and communication between its practitioners. When English psychoanalysts discuss their subject, they are usually not discussing theory but how to do it; how can particular events or emotions in an analytic session be understood, what are we to make of a particular sequence of sessions, how can we find our way through an apparent impasse, and so on. These questions arise out of working with specific cases, and to discuss them the analyst must provide us with detailed material. But there are many inherent difficulties in using and communicating case material in a way which allows for both proper understanding and detached reflection, and psychoanalysis has to develop both an etiquette and institutional arrangements which can allow this to happen.

The meaning of the first part of my title is that I think that we come to understand case material in a different way from the way that we understand the rest of psychoanalytic theory. We can only really understand it through a kind of intuitive identification with both the patient and the analyst, and this means that patients or other analysts can tell us her or his-stories, but if we want to understand them properly, at those times when they are working most creatively, at the limits of their understanding, we must listen carefully and not question them. Whilst often in a session or a seminar, to ask a question can be the obvious thing to do, or the best sort of interpretation, at these crucial times if we ask questions, we force the patient or therapist to lie or to falsify. This is not just because they feel they must keep something secret, or if they are the analyst, confidential, but because if they answer us, they answer in our terms, they give the material the shape that our question has implied rather than the shape which the material has for them, or which might have in due course emerged like one of those fabulous and unlikely creatures occasionally dredged up from the deep, whose nature we could not have previously envisaged or anticipated. ‘The trouble with asking questions’, my first analyst used to say, ‘is that you get an answer.’

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Choosing the Right Cruise Line

Norton, Clark Hunter Publishing ePub

If you've never taken a cruise, you may think that all cruise lines are much the same. Not so. Cruise lines are as different - to use a hotel analogy - as Holiday Inn is different from Ritz-Carlton, or from an eco-lodge in the Amazon. They range from budget-minded, mainstream lines that pack in thousands of passengers per cruise to super-luxurious small ships that cater to a few pampered souls - and just about everything in-between. The difference in price can easily amount to thousands of dollars per passenger. Some cruise lines offer nearly round-the-clock entertainment (shows, games, activities of all sorts) while others take pride in a quiet, elegant on-board atmosphere, perhaps punctuated by a wildlife lecture or two. Some lines offer choices of up to 10 restaurants while others have just one dining room. Some ask you to choose your precise evening dining time and place you at one table for the entire cruise; others offer open-ended seating. Some permit casual dress at all meals, while others have a formal night or two where many of the men don tuxes and women wear gowns or cocktail dresses. Some lines cater primarily to couples, preferring to create a romantic atmosphere onboard; others welcome families and people of all ages, where you can expect a good deal of noise, fun and festivity. 

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Hack #62. Demystify Amazing Coincidences

Bruce Frey O'Reilly Media ePub

The patterns of probability produce some unusually interesting alignments. Here's how to interpret coincidences that seem unbelievable.

One of the occasional sad duties of statisticians is to take a world full of whimsy, delightful serendipity, and surprises around every corner and turn it into a dull, predictable, uninteresting place. I'm about to do that here, so if you would rather keep wearing rose-colored glasses, put them on now, skip this hack, and pick another one (I suggest more pleasant topics, such as winning Monopoly [Hack #51]).

I choose to be scientific and treat the world as rational and built on consequences that follow chains of cause and effect. My problemand perhaps yours too, if you think like meis that when I face anomalies (hard to explain, unexpected things), it is tempting for me to treat the happening as evidence of something mystical, or psychic, or paranormal in some way. Coincidences are a good example. When I witness an incredible coincidence, I am tempted to fall into a comforting pit of nonscientific explanations, such as fate or synchronicity.

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Chapter Eight: Eli and Abigail

Maria Grace Dateno Fsp Pauline Books and Media ePub

Chapter Eight

Eli and Abigail

“Hello!” responded Levi. “We got lost in the storm. We are travelers in need of hospitality. Can you help us?”

“Well, well,” said the man as he caught sight of us in the light of his lantern. “Four children. Yes, please come with me. My wife will be very happy to welcome you and give you something to eat. We get few visitors and we have no children, so lost travelers will be very welcome.”

In the dark, I couldn’t tell much about this man except that he was big and tall. Once we reached the house and went in, I saw he was mostly bald but had a full beard that was partly brown and partly white. He was smiling and seemed to mean what he said about being happy to have visitors.

“Abigail, my love, come! We have guests!” he called.

A woman came from behind a curtain. She looked older than Mom. Her long brown hair was partly white in the front. As soon as she saw us, her face broke into a big smile. Then she looked upset.

“Oh, you are all soaked to the skin! Eli, quick, put more wood on the fire and fill my kettle. These poor children need dry clothes and something warm to drink.”

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12. Compound Patterns: Patterns of Patterns

Eric Freeman O'Reilly Media ePub

Who would have ever guessed that Patterns could work together? You’ve already witnessed the acrimonious Fireside Chats (and you haven’t even seen the Pattern Death Match pages that the editor forced us to remove from the book[2]), so who would have thought patterns can actually get along well together? Well, believe it or not, some of the most powerful OO designs use several patterns together. Get ready to take your pattern skills to the next level; it’s time for compound patterns.

One of the best ways to use patterns is to get them out of the house so they can interact with other patterns. The more you use patterns the more you’re going to see them showing up together in your designs. We have a special name for a set of patterns that work together in a design that can be applied over many problems: a compound pattern. That’s right, we are now talking about patterns made of patterns!

You’ll find a lot of compound patterns in use in the real world. Now that you’ve got patterns in your brain, you’ll see that they are really just patterns working together, and that makes them easier to understand.

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