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Analysing Three-Card Combinations

Chapman, Catherine; Hughes-Barlow, Paul Aeon Books ePub


In the previous section we looked how the elements interacted when there were two cards, using Pairing. Now it is time to look at how the elements interact when there are three cards. With this knowledge we can analyse each card relative to its neighbours.


Fire and Water are enemies, so they fight and weaken each other.


Air and Earth are mutual enemies, like Fire and Water, but the effect is very different.

In the next two examples Synthesis triumphs as Thesis and Antithesis go to war.


These two elements are both active and friendly to each other, so the problems arise from the lack of basis (Earth) or feeling (Water), in which case there will be little comfort or security in the experience. While Air will provide intelligence to actions, there will be over-exuberance at the least, and obsessive behaviour at worst. The results will either be burn-out or some kind of confrontation. Since Air is such an antagonistic and divisive element, the differences between Thesis and Antithesis are heightened, even when they are friendly or of the same element. In some of the examples below, we see an unholy alliance developing.

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Chapter One: War Games—Mourning Loss through Play

Auestad, Lene Karnac Books ePub

In Beyond the Pleasure Principle, Freud discusses a child observed at home who repeatedly throws a toy away from his crib then reels it back in. Each time, the child is distressed at the toy's departure and joyful at its return. Freud interprets this gesture as a mimicking of the comings and goings of the boy's mother (Freud, 1920g). Later in this work, Freud describes the boy smashing his toy into the ground in rejection. The boy states that the toy, “has been sent to the front”, much like his father had in going to fight in World War I (Freud, 1920g). In essence, the child acts out the situations that occur in his life through play. The child does to an object what objects, or events, have done to him—simultaneously mastering and repeating the events in question. This kind of play is not therapy. Instead, play-acting is a space in which a child recognises, manipulates, and comes to terms with his own life and its overwhelming moments.

Freud asks of himself and his reader, “How then, does his repetition of this distressing experience as a game fit in with the pleasure principle?” (Freud, 1920g). Freud understands the child's repetition of throwing and fetching his toy to be the child attempting to master and overcome the traumatic sensation evoked by his mother leaving and returning. The child, through rehearsing that loss with material objects, through play, comes to be able to protect himself from psychic harm. Freud continues:

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10. The Real World

Wheatley, Margaret J. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

People often comment that the new leadership I propose couldn’t possibly work in “the real world.” I assume they are referring to their organization or government, a mechanistic world managed by bureaucracy, governed by policies and laws, filled with people who do what they’re told, who surrender their freedom to leaders and sit passively waiting for instructions. This “real world” craves efficiency and obedience. It relies on standard operating procedures for every situation, even when chaos erupts and things spin out of control.

This is not the real world. This world is a manmade, dangerous fiction that destroys our capacity to deal well with what’s really going on. The real world, not this fake one, demands that we learn to cope with chaos, that we understand what motivates humans, and that we adopt strategies and behaviors that lead to order, not more chaos.

In this historic moment, we live caught between a worldview that no longer works and a new one that seems too bizarre to contemplate. To expose this, I want to apply the lens of new science to two of society’s most compelling, real world challenges: How well we deal with natural and manmade disasters and how well we respond to global terror networks. Using this high-resolution lens, we can see many dynamics that are crucial to understand, yet were obscured from view by our old sight.

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CHAPTER SEVEN: Religion and science in psychoanalysis

Symington, Neville Karnac Books ePub

This chapter is an adaptation of a lecture given at the Freud Conference in Melbourne on 2 April 1995.

The crisis within psychoanalysis

There is, I believe, a crisis within psychoanalysis and within the psychotherapy schools that derive from it. Hardly a week goes by when our enemies do not assail us in the media. This is healthy. Criticism and challenge can only sharpen our minds to think more clearly and reflect more deeply upon our practice and its methods. What worries me are the replies to these taunts by our own practitioners, rushing, as we usually do, to our own defence. Many of these criticisms are prejudiced assaults that do not deserve much attention, but there is a common theme running through much of the critique that has some basis: it is that the “talking cure”, as it was called by Freud, is not producing any results; that patients visit their analyst or therapist year in, year out, with no visible change in their condition. I know from my own experience that this criticism is frequently verified. I have heard clinical presentations where a patient has been visiting an analyst or therapist for four, five, six, even ten, years without any change that I was able to detect. I have heard this not just on isolated occasions but frequently. These are the obvious cases where no change has occurred and where a malingering situation has set in, but even in cases where it looks as though change has occurred, it is often a case of subtle accommodation to the analyst or therapist, and the patient remains with the same mental structure within. Most frequently, this consists of a mentality that is paranoid. I am not, here, supporting many of the burgeoning therapies that claim to cure mental disturbance in a quicker, more efficient, cost-effective way. Many of these only give the appearance of cure. The criterion here is if a patient “feels cured” or “feels better”. Experienced clinicians know that such feelings are an insufficient criterion. We have all seen the case where such a statement is made with confidence one day, and next day the person has committed suicide. No, I am not criticizing psychoanalysis alone but the whole psychotherapy movement. In fact, I believe that in a sick situation, psychoanalysis is probably the healthiest patient.

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Tool I: Model Citizen Enforcement Act

Devine, Tom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Citizens have been frustrated that they have not been empowered with meaningful control of their lives through expensive, cumbersome government regulatory agencies; and

The public interest requires that it be illegal to discriminate against government or private employees who make disclosures responsibly challenging violations of law because they are invaluable to law enforcement, to the publics right to know, and to prevent or minimize the consequences of institutional misconduct.

Any citizen may challenge violations of law through a jury trial under the procedures available in the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729 et seq.) unless the parties mutually consent to alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation or arbitration.

A jury may award injunctive relief to stop ongoing illegality, as well as actual or exemplary damages, as it deems appropriate.

(A) In general No employee or other person may be harassed, prosecuted, held liable, or discriminated against in any way because that person (1) has made or is about to make disclosures not prohibited by law or executive order; commenced, caused to be commenced, or is about to commence a proceeding; testified or is about to testify at a proceeding; assisted or participated in or is about to assist or participate in, in any manner, such a proceeding or in any other action to carry out the purposes, functions, or responsibilities of this Act; or (2) is refusing to violate or assist in the violation of this Act.

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