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Chapter Fifteen: The “Turning Away” Syndrome

Hickey, Catherine Karnac Books ePub

The next two interviews in the series (interviews 13 and 14) were not available for transcription. So what follows is the fifteenth interview in the series. The focus in this particular chapter is a topic that Davanloo has begun to explore only relatively recently (Davanloo, 2015). Specifically, there has been a focus on family members turning other family members against each other. Any member of the family can turn another member away from a third member. We call this the “turning away” syndrome.

Again, while this would intuitively cause major intra-psychic damage to a developing child, no other brief dynamic therapist has focused on it or published on it to date. When one searches the literature on this theme, some information arises from biblical quotes. For example, in Matthew 10:35 (King James Bible) we see the following scripture:

For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

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1. Freud's View of the Dream as the Guardian of Sleep

Meltzer, Donald Harris Meltzer Trust ePub

Unless it commences on a firm ground of Freud's pioneer work, no undertaking to examine dreams and dream-life from the psychoanalytical point of view can go any considerable distance into the problem without creating more confusion than clarity. But a truly critical, rather than merely appreciative, view of his accomplishment runs almost immediately into the problem, writ large in the early days of his psychological career, of a baffling division between his tendency to form and prove rigid theories, and his extraordinary capacity for observation and imaginative speculation.

Before we can proceed with an examination of the rich and fascinating array of observations and conjectures, it is necessary to state and examine the less interesting theory, mainly in order to set it aside in our future exposition. The brevity may seem dismissive, but this would be unjust. There cannot be the slightest doubt of the historical importance of the theory and the groundwork it laid for the evolution of clinical practice. And much can be salvaged that is enduringly interesting, such as the concepts of censorship and dream-work. But the basis of the theory is so deeply rooted in a neurophysiological model of the mind, with its mind–brain equation, that it will not bear the weight of investigations into the meaning of the meaning of dreams.

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Monday, 20 October, 1902, 7pm

Stein, Itzik Karnac Books ePub

Oleg recalled his first meeting with him. That day, his private secretary had announced the visitor in the early hours of the morning. He had agreed to meet him only at his boss's request. He suspected what it was about: another citizen who wished to avoid being drafted into the tsar's army.

The tsar's military recruitment methods were a little cruel, but they were the only ones possible. At the same time, they were a commercial opportunity, an endless source of business, as the exemption forms were expensive and much in demand, for only a few wished to wear the illustrious imperial uniform. The section led by Oleg was responsible for preparing such exemptions for the minister, and it was the latter who, when all was said and done, received and shared out the gains. Oleg's role was essential in this chain: he erased all trace of the money and, to balance matters, he got to know the applicants’ secrets, remembered their addresses, memorised the names of those who believed they could make a payment in a dark office and that would be the end of it, not suspecting that from that moment they became part of a network of favours that the system painstakingly crafted. He was the system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Fowler, Susan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Rewards may not be appropriate, but you might decide they are necessary. For example, the FAA is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone reporting a person pointing lasers at airplanes in flight. The danger posed to pilots, passengers, and people on the ground was too great to ignore. It’s a sad commentary that you would sell out a friend for $10,000. It is even sadder to think that if you knew people were threatening lives using a laser, you wouldn’t either do whatever it took to stop them yourself or voluntarily turn them in because it’s the right thing to do. Rewards are necessary if people don’t have the self-regulation necessary to do the right thing through mindfulness, developed values, or a noble purpose.

As a leader, you are responsible for making sure that people achieve the organization’s goals. But you have the ability to frame those goals—or help people reframe them—so goals are more meaningful and relevant to individuals.

We will never be free of delegated goals and deadlines. However, leaders can present deadlines as necessary and helpful data. Leaders can encourage individuals to consider deadlines as valuable information for allocating time effectively, making thoughtful choices, and determining what a priority is—or is not.

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6. Anorexia, psychosis, and the question of sexual abuse: “Dorothy”

Jackson, Murray Karnac Books ePub

Disturbance of eating is a common symptom associated with a wide spectrum of psychopathology. At one end, it merges with normal food preferences which may be motivated by ethical and other psychologically mature considerations. At the other end, it may be a symptom of severe depression, or of a delusional belief that food is poisoned. These latter typical psychotic expressions are readily identifiable, as are the common transitory and non-psychotic preoccupations of adolescent girls and, much less commonly, of boys.

In between the extremes are found the disturbances classified as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, where the psychopathology is serious and treatment difficult. These disorders may display hysterical and obsessional characteristics, perceptual disorders in the form of voices, pseudo-hallucinations (where insight is retained), hallucinations, delusional mood, delusions, and frank psychotic disorder. Sexual abuse, real or imagined, is a frequent theme.

The concepts of unconscious phantasy and part-object relations provide conceptual keys to the understanding of the meaning, origins and significance of these disorders. They can help explain the psychotic potential of some patients with severe anorexia nervosa and the transition to a state of overt psychosis in others, as in the following patient.

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