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3. Worrying about the coach

Keeney, Bradford; Ray, Wendel A. Karnac Books ePub

A husband and wife, both police officers, were referred for therapy by a local therapist. The couple presented a variety of problems including complaints that they could not control their eight-year-old daughter, who had been diagnosed by a psychiatrist at a psychiatric institution as a “childhood schizophrenic”. They also reported marital difficulties and the wife’s depression, for which a psychiatrist prescribed Prozac.

In terms of family history, the maternal grandmother had asserted that nothing is wrong with the granddaughter. In mother’s family, her brother had been described as the “perfect one”. She often felt left out and never as included as her brother in her family of origin. Her father, a football coach, once had a perfect season and her mother and brother presented him with a plaque saying, “To the Best Coach in the World From Your Caring Wife and Son.” She was not a part of this family episode. It was discovered that at present her father was having a losing football season.

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The palm-thatched wood dwellings Columbus saw in today’s Dominican Republic were similar to current vernacular Caribbean architecture. The Cuban bohío is a present-day example, though corrugated metal might have replaced the palm, and walls may be made of concrete block. Thatched structures known as malocas are still used in the indigenous Kogui village in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta near the Caribbean Sea.

Ancient Structures

At the thinnest point in Mexico, near the Gulf coast, what is known as Mesoamerica’s first civilization, the Olmeca (“men of rubber” in the Aztec language) established their earliest-known center. San Lorenzo Tenochtitlan, where 10 of the 17 known colossal heads were found, rests on a branch of the Coatzacoalcos River that diverges then rejoins its source downstream, forming the island of Tacamichapan. Here, the architecture of the Olmeca dots a rolling, man-made mesa, not unlike the Acropolis featured in the cities of its Maya successors. It boasts more than 200 earthen mounds that have revealed elaborate stone sculptures. Despite the simplicity of flattening out plazas as one builds earth up into strategic heights, these structures have stood firm since 2500 BC. Farther south, in Mexico’s Chiapas and Yucatán, as well asin Guatemala and Belize, are stone remains of grand Maya cities. Palenque is an elegant, artistic token of Maya creativity. At Chichén Itzá’s Castillo, an architectural and astrological phenomenon sends the feathered serpent Kukulcán slithering down the north steps each year at the spring and autumn equinox.

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18: Chemical Control

van Emden, H.F.; Harrington, R. CABI PDF


Chemical Control

Alan M. Dewar1 and Ian Denholm2*


Dewar Crop Protection Ltd, Bury St Edmunds, UK; 2University of

­Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK


As serious crop pests, aphids are major targets for insecticides and help drive a continuing quest for new compounds with novel modes of action and favourable environmental profiles. The first edition of this chapter (Dewar, 2007) noted a progressive change from a market dominated by organophosphates (OPs) and carbamates (Schepers, 1989; Jeschke et al., 2002) towards increasing reliance on pyrethroids and, latterly, neonicotinoids. Over the past

10  years, these changes have continued apace. In many countries, most OPs and carbamates have become obsolete or are being phased out as a consequence of their toxicological profile. Neonicotinoids, as a result of their exceptional efficacy and versatility, have continued to increase in popularity and have been joined by a suite of new molecules with distinct properties and/or modes of action. The carbamoyltriazole, triazamate, an excellent aphicide due to its systemicity and downward translocation in plants (Dewar et al., 1994), had a brief period of use prior to its withdrawal due to environmental concerns.

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Commentary on Sessions 1 and 2 of Lacan's Seminar XXIII

Moncayo, Raul Karnac Books ePub

Wednesday 18 November 1975 and Wednesday 9 December 1975

Lalangue and sinthome

In the session of Wednesday 18th November 1975 Lacan calls the French language his lalangue. Lalangue, of course, refers to the language of the unconscious based on homophony (words that sound the same), and to the alliterations and obliterations of language that circle around the objet a as object of the drive, and the object cause of desire. Lalangue is the language of the One, and how the Real appears within language and not only in mathematical formalisation or jouissance.

At this point a similar equivocation arises between language and lalangue as between symptom and sinthome; both terms sometimes are used as similar and duplicate and sometimes as different.

This is an example of the division of one into two apparently identical terms that differentiate: S1 and S2. “What is proper to the signifier, which I called by the name of S1, is that there is only one relationship that defines it, the relationship with S2: S1–S2.” (Lacan, session 1 of Seminar XXIII). S1 stands for lalangue and for sinthome while S2 stands for language and the symptom.

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Dicks, Henry V. Karnac Books ePub


A case such as has just been reported changes one’s perceptions of what marital conflict is—indeed of marriage itself. At this depth of contact changing and superimposed inner object relations and corresponding ego attitudes are revealed which go beyond the scope of my earlier hypotheses. These only stated that when the idealized expectations, each of the other, break down, the partner becomes the bearer of attributes of the unconscious object-world against which idealization, and indeed the marriage, was to be the remedy.

The generalizations of our pilot phase, though valid as far as they went, were really only the starting point when confronted with such marriages as in Case Ten, This case displayed the sequelae of a failed idealizing process. It filled in the meaning of what, in superficial evaluation, is often called ‘incompatibility’. This evaluation would have called them both ‘neurotic’ and ‘immature’, just as a boy and girl romance which they were stupid and blind enough to resume and cling to. Yes—but they also had a profound intuition that they needed and could rely deeply on each other—just as Case One needed one another to work through nearly all that they felt most deeply about. Cases Six and Seven, with their successful and untreatable idealizations and exclusion of deeper needs in a cosy mutual denial surely were more ‘compatible’! Which of these was a ‘truer’ or more profound relationship—’for better or for worse’? In Chapter III, I attempted to draw a theoretical model for a complete marriage. This would permit a full and undisturbed flow of two-way communication between the conscious and unconscious parts of two people, in flexible role changes, with each partner able to identify with and tolerate the regressive or infantile needs of the other when occasion demanded. The nearer to this model a relationship was, the more powerful and perpetually exciting and satisfying the bonds would be. The further from it, the more would a couple need to rely on defensive

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